Business employee identifies burglary suspect

Thanks to an alert employee, a man who had allegedly broken into a business on Main Street on Dec. 2 was arrested by police Thursday night.

John Scott, 48, who Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said is currently on parole, was recognized by an employee of Long John Silver’s as the person who had broken into the store after seeing a picture of Scott that had been recorded on a store surveillance tape.

Detective Temmiothy Johnson said in a probable cause affidavit that when Scott was arrested, the clothing he was wearing matched that of the suspect who had forced open the drive-through window and entered the business.

The employee saw Scott walking by the business and called 9-1-1 while a second employee followed Scott until the police arrived.

Scott allegedly told police he had entered the business looking for food.

In addition to being on parole, Kizer said Scott “had a long history of failures to appear in court dating back to the 1980s.”

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 bond for Scott on Monday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary.

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