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Drive-offs an ongoing problem in Sherwood

The topic of gasoline stations seem to be a hot topic in Sherwood these days. A new large station being constructed at the corner of Brockington Road and Kiehl Avenue.

In addition, a long-time and established gasoline station recently shut down and has left its spot vacant at the corner of Kiehl Avenue and Arkansas 107.

Now the relatively new Kum & Go located on Kiehl Avenue is drawing attention as it once again became the victim of gasoline drive offs has had an onslaught of them in August 2013.

On Jan. 22 at 11:03 p.m., Sherwood police were dispatched to the Kum & Go for a report of a fuel drive off.

“Upon arrival, I made contact with Kelley Anderson,” said Officer Dale Peters. Anderson is a station employee.

“Anderson stated that they did not have a description of the driver of a black sedan that drive off without paying for $36.15 worth of gasoline,” Peters said. “Anderson stated that the driver had placed the fuel nozzle on the ground when they were done pumping fuel and then drive away so as not to indicate to the attendants that the driver had finished getting fuel.”

On Jan. 23, at 7:11 p.m., Officer Michael Stroup was dispatched to the Kum & Go for the same reason.

“Upon arrival, I made contact with Mr. (William) Saucide, store manager, who stated that an unknown person wearing a hoody pulled over their face pumped $21.22 in unleaded gas from Pump 15 and then drove off east on Kiehl Avenue without paying,” Stroup said.

The vehicle was described as a green Honda with the word Honda on the windshield.

On Jan. 26, at 5:41 p.m., a third theft of motor vehicle report was made at the Kum and Go; however, police were able to make an arrest.

Steven J. Hagerman, 32, of Little Rock was arrested on the charge of theft of motor fuel and driving on a suspended license after his blue Ford Mustang was stopped by police for not having a displayed license plate as he was driving eastbound on East Kiehl.

A few minutes before Hagerman’s vehicle was stopped, Kum and Go reported another theft and said someone driving a blue Ford Mustang drove off without paying for gasoline.

During the traffic stop, one of Hagerman’s passengers were holding the license plate to the vehicle, according to the police report.

Police also discovered that Hagerman had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of North Little Rock for theft of property.

These two incidents sound very similar to those that took place last summer.

From the period of July 28 until Aug. 5, Kum & Go, reported four motorists pumped gas into their vehicles and drove off without paying.

During that period, no other gasoline station/convenience store reported a drive-off incident. The Kum & Go is located about a mile from the city police station also located on Kiehl and about one-half of a mile from the Lantrip Road Sherwood City Fire Station.

On July 28, Sherwood Police Officer Nick Litchfield was dispatched to Kum & Go in reference to a drive off.

Employee Michelle Harding told officers a white four-door vehicle with an Arkansas Tag License plate of 514SBB pulled up into a gas pump and got $27.75 worth of gas and left without paying. “Michelle was able to provide a copy of the receipt,” Litchfield reported. “The receipt showed it happened at 11:59 p.m. at Pump 19.”

Harding said there were two people in the vehicle. She was unable to tell police if they were male or female. A copy of the receipt was placed in the Sherwood Police Department’s evidence room.

On Aug. 1 at 10:48 a.m., employee Tony Kline told police someone drive off without paying for $25 worth of gasoline pumped into their vehicle.

“The suspect was the same individual from previous drive offs,” reported Sherwood Police Officer Steven Henker. “He is a black male about 25 years of age driving a black Toyota sporty car. Maybe a Corolla with a wind scoop on the back of it.”

Henker said the culprit drove away south on Lantrip.

On Aug. 3, at 2:45 p.m., Sherwood Officer Jeremy Farquharson was called to the Kum & Go in reference to a theft of motor fuel.

Upon arrival, Farquharson spoke with Kum & Go Manager Christine Dishler who said that about 2:07 p.m. a gold car drove off without paying for $25.05 worth of fuel pumped into their vehicle.

“It appeared to be a Honda Civic or Accord, but no further information,” said Farquharson.

On Aug. 5, at 6:26 p.m., Sherwood Police Sgt. David Smith was dispatched to the Kum & Go in reference to another gas drive-off.

Smith made contact with Dishler who said at 3:20 p.m. a younger black male pumped 15.825 gallons of fuel, or $51.57, on Pump 3 and left without paying.

“Dishler stated that she could only tell that the vehicle was red and couldn’t determine the brand or model,” Smith reported.

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