JPD: Phony officer shut down business

JPD: Phony officer shut down business

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police say a Jonesboro truck washing business recently fell victim to a dirty trick that cost it thousands in lost revenues.

Nancy Best, a representative of Campos Investments, told police a truck broke through the floor grates Friday at the Truck Wash, 5711 Commerce.

She said a woman, wearing a black jacket with the words "Code Enforcement" written in white letters, came to the business on Saturday and told the truck wash supervisor he needed to shut down the business because the accident involved sewage or waste water.

"She told him that he had to shut down the business and that if they re-opened without being notified by her, they [the business] would face large fines," the report stated.

Best told police Tuesday the business had been shut down ever since. She estimated they had lost approximately $4,000 worth of business.

Officer Todd Nelson contacted Code Enforcement and learned that none of the officers had visited the business.

"Also, the uniform described is not consistent with Code Enforcement uniforms," Nelson said.

He also contacted the Inspections Department and learned that they had not been to the business either.

Best told Nelson the truck wash's owner has been in a "long-standing battle" with the owner of a nearby business and believed the suspect was sent to harass them.

The case is under investigation.

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