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Thousands in fraudulent payments made at Conway auto parts store, cops say

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Conway police is investigating after a local business owner noticed thousands of dollars of fraudulent payments to an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

The business owner reported the issue to police this week, according to incident reports. The specific business subjected to the fraud is not named. He said his company questioned purchases made at the Church Street O’Reilly’s.

The store allowed the suspect to sign for purchases using the business’ accounts from May 29 to June 29, according to the reports. In total more than $7,600 was stolen.

Each purchase was only for hundreds of dollars or less— $582.41, $128.18, $218.33 for example — and there were 11 different reports of fraudulent purchases.

There have been no arrests in connection to the case.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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