Alleged shoplifting leads to arrest of robbery suspect

A report of a shoplifting in progress at the Walmart Supercenter Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man who was allegedly involved in a shoplifting turned robbery in September.

Robert Moody, 25, was identified by a loss prevention officer as the person who ran from the store Sept. 27 when the officer tried to stop him, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing for Moody on Friday.

Detective James Huff said in a probable-cause affidavit that the store employee, Roger Wise, told police he received a call from another employee who said a white male had taken some items and was trying to leave the store.

According to the affidavit, Wise said he went to the Lawn and Garden door and tried to stop a person he later identified as Moody. Wise said he grabbed Moody’s T-shirt and when Moody ran, he dragged Wise across the parking lot before getting into a white truck and leaving.

The affidavit said two phone cases and a cellular phone were taken from the store.

Achorn said that when Moody was arrested Thursday, he waived his right to an attorney and admitted taking the items on Sept. 27, but denied touching Wise or dragging him across the parking lot.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $7,500 bond for Moody, who Achorn said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with robbery.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Moody.