Man accused of breaking into apartment, car lot shop

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly broke into a vacant apartment and a car lot.

Jerry Gibson, 35, was allegedly found hiding in the shop of the lot at East 16th Avenue and Alabama Street, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said Monday during a court hearing.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Mike Sweeney, the owner of the apartments at 1811 S. Olive St. was driving by Sunday and saw the garage door open and a man come out of the apartment.

Reed said the owner called police and gave them a description and followed the man, later identified as Gibson, until losing sight of him on the parking lot of a business on Main Street.

According to the affidavit, police saw Gibson near the car lot in the 1600 block of Alabama Street and when they checked inside a fenced area, found Gibson hiding in a corner of the shop. The owner was contacted and told police they didn’t know Gibson and he didn’t have permission to be there.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $15,000 bond for Gibson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of breaking or entering and one count of criminal mischief because glass in the door at the apartment had been broken.

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