Burglary in progress call leads to arrest

A reported burglary in progress at a house in central Pine Bluff on Monday resulted in the arrest of a man who was taken into custody after a witness identified him.

Ladarrion Cleveland, 19, was allegedly found inside a house in the 2000 block of Olive Street when the owner of the house and two of his friends went home for lunch, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Cleveland Wednesday.

Detective Steve Rucker said in a probable-cause affidavit that the owner saw the back glass on his porch broken, and when he and the other two men entered the house, they found Cleveland inside.

Kizer said a backpack containing items from the house was found, and the owner and his friends tried to detain Cleveland until the police arrived but he jumped through a window and escaped.

One of the witnesses told police Cleveland’s name and where to find him, and Rucker said in the affidavit that when Cleveland was interviewed, he admitted being in the house but denied taking anything.

In addition to the new allegation, Kizer said Cleveland has charges of commercial burglary and theft of property pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Because of the pending charges, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash only bond for Cleveland after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary.

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