Bond set in alleged theft

A $10,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly used a relative’s debit card without permission a number of times between Nov. 26 and Dec. 13.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Robert Rittenhouse, 23, with fraudulent use of a credit or debit card and theft of property.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said the alleged victim contacted police Dec. 14 after she noticed money missing from her bank account.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Steven Rucker, the alleged victim went to the bank and received a printout showing that there were 17 withdrawals of $500 each from an ATM machine and a purchase of $766. Further investigation indicated other charges had been made as well, totaling $9,543.58.

Achorn said police obtained photos from the ATM machine on the dates and times the transactions were made and when they showed them to the alleged victim, she identified Rittenhouse, who is a relative.

Rucker said in the affidavit that when Rittenhouse was questioned, he allegedly admitted taking the debit card and using it without authorization.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Rittenhouse to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.