Bond set in alleged theft of lawnmower from Walmart

A $25,000 cash-only bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly took a riding lawnmower from Walmart and left without paying for it.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Christopher Goodrum, 50, with theft of property.

Even though Kearney set the bond, Goodrum will not be able to post it because of an absconder warrant for a parole violation that had been issued by the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.

Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during the court hearing that police Sgt. David DeFoor was off duty Wednesday and at Walmart when he saw Goodrum, who he was familiar with from previous theft cases, push a Snapper riding lawnmower out the door at the lawn and garden center and load it onto a metal trailer attached to a truck, then leave the scene.

Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable cause affidavit that a Walmart employee told police Goodrum had stolen the lawn mower, which was valued at $1,448.

Gieringer said Gailey later located the truck and stopped it, and the trailer with the lawnmower was not attached to the truck.

DeFoor was called to the scene and identified Goodrum as the person he saw push the lawnmower out of the business and load it on the trailer, and store video confirmed Goodrum as the suspect.

Gieringer said Goodrum has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1998, including multiple convictions for forgery and theft of property, aggravated assault, theft by receiving and residential burglary.

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