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Police Seeking Suspect In Vehicle Break-Ins

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December 19, 2010 by wcobserver

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West Fork- Police in West Fork and Fayetteville are asking for assistance in identifying a person of interest in several breaking and entering incidents and related forgeries.

West Fork police responded to a vehicle break-in on Dec. 3 at 6: 30 at the West Fork Elementary School.  A teacher, Margaret Bowen, reported that her vehicle had been broken into.  Bowen said that she needed something from her classroom and had only been in the school building for about fifteen minutes and when she came out, she discovered a broken window in her car and her purse missing.

According to Officer Ken Ingalls of the West Fork police, the thief forged and cashed four of Bowen’s checks totaling $8000.  Ingalls said the name used to forge Bowen’s checks has been linked to other vehicle “smash and grab” incidents and forgeries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville.

“I’m going to do everything I can to help her out,” said Ingalls.  “This doesn’t happen that often down here.”

Ingalls said he is personally offering a $50 reward for information that leads to a conviction in this case.

Police believe the suspect drives a charcoal grey Toyota Sienna van with an out of state vehicle license.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call West Fork Police at 479-839-2300 or Fayetteville Police at 479-587-3555.

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