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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Thieves walk out of pawn shop with $15k

  • Investigators are not discussing the details as to how someone could walk away with such a large amount of cash without the proprietor noticing. "It was committed while employees were distracted," APD detective Sgt. Roy Bethell said. "I feel like there were two groups working together."
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  • Arkadelphia police are investigating the recent theft from a local pawn shop.
    Detectives say a group of thieves worked together Thursday to walk away from Caddo Pawn with $15,000 in cash after distracting employees working there.
    The suspects are described in a police report as a black male, two white females and a white female. The Arkadelphia Police Department report says that the black male — accompanied by the other suspects — entered the store on Thursday, May 9, carrying a rag.
    As the white male looked at guns, one of the two females pawned a gas-powered leaf blower while the rag-toting suspect walked around inside the store, according to the report.
    The following day an employee noticed the large amount of cash was missing. Employees "then began looking at the video and could see the black male subject checking the door on the north end of the building that enters the rear of the store," the report states. "It was also noticed that every time the black male would touch something he would touch it with the rag he was holding" in an apparent attempt to conceal fingerprints.
    According to Sgt. Roy Bethell, APD detective, the perpetrators were inside the pawn shop "only a short amount of time" with two employees working inside the store.
    But investigators are not discussing the details as to how someone could walk away with such a large amount of cash without the proprietor noticing. "It was committed while employees were distracted," Bethell said. "I feel like there were two groups working together."
    And while detectives say they have a "person of interest" in the case, Bethell urges local business owners to keep a wary eye on any odd behavior. "Use extra caution. Be aware this is going on and this has happened," Bethell said. "Take precaution to avoid being a victim or the next victim."
    Anyone with information regarding the perpetrators or anyone witnessing strange behavior inside a business is urged to call APD at 246-4545. Bethell said those providing tips can remain anonymous.

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