Police arrested a man Wednesday suspected of allegedly stealing
several business checks from Mid America Auto Transport in Van Buren,
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
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
--Donna Carlson, staff writer