Bond set in alleged robbery


A $25,000 bond was set Tuesday for a man who allegedly fought with a store employee who tried to detain him for shoplifting.

Steven Carter, 45, is accused of shoplifting from the Sav-U-Mor grocery store on Blake Street. Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond Wednesday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Carter.

Police were called to the store at 1:15 p.m. Friday, according to an affidavit from police Detective Michael Roberts, who said in the report that the employee told police he saw Carter trying to conceal something, and when he approached Carter and asked him to return the item, Carter allegedly refused.

The employee asked Carter to accompany him to the store security office and Carter agreed, then allegedly tried to run from the store.

Roberts said in the affidavit that the employee scuffled with Carter before other store employees came to assist and were able to detain Carter until police arrived. The employee allegedly received several cuts to his hands and right elbow.

The item Carter allegedly tried to conceal was a box of steel wool pads that had a retail value of $2.10, according to the police report.

Although Kearney set the bond, Carter will not be able to post it because a hold has been placed on him by the Arkansas Department of Corrections for a parole violation.