Business checks stolen from Arkansas trucking company

| 9/13/2002

Police arrested a man Wednesday suspected of allegedly stealing several business checks from Mid America Auto Transport in Van Buren, AR.

William Brock was arrested on outstanding felony warrants in Fort Smith after police located him at a motel. Police apprehended Brock after a short foot chase. Police searched the area and found him hiding in an abandoned garage near the motel.

He was transported to Van Buren, where he was arraigned on suspicion of commercial burglary and forgery.

Police allege Brock stole several company checks from Mid America Transport. If so, this was his second offense. The company's manager, George Calomenopulos, told Land Line Brock had previously stolen checks from Mid America about four years ago and still owed the company $8,000 after spending three years in jail for the theft. "He never worked for us," said Calomenopulos, "His brother-in-law works here and he hung around the office."

The checks were reported stolen by company officials Sept. 9, Calomenopulos said. He noted that apparently Brock didn't know the difference between a Comcheck and a company business check. When no truckstop would cash the check, Brock gave a check to a cab driver to hold in lieu of cab fare. Employees of the Razorback Cab Co. then contacted Mid America.

Surveillance video from several locations where Brock attempted to cash the check, in addition to information that Brock had bragged about the theft, helped lead police to the arrest, Calomenopulos said.
--Donna Carlson, staff writer