Man accused of breaking into vehicle


A man is accused of breaking into a vehicle in the 1900 block of West 10th Avenue on Monday.

Kriston Rice, 20, was allegedly found in the vehicle and confronted by its owner, according to an affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Chris Wieland.

Rice was taken into custody while walking away from the residence where the incident occurred. According to the affidavit, he ran from police.

When interviewed by police, Rice alleged said another man had borrowed the vehicle from its owner and given him a ride to the liquor store, according to the affidavit. Rice said he left his birth certificate and Social Security card in the vehicle and had gone back to the vehicle looking for them.

A witness interviewed by police said they walked outside and noticed the cover on the vehicle was pulled up, according to the affidavit. He checked the doors and noticed a person was inside going through the pockets on the back of the driver’s seat. The witness called the owner outside, and she talked to the man, who said he was looking for his ID. The owner told police that the vehicle had been parked for about four months and she had not let anyone drive it on Monday.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled Wednesday that prosecutors have probable cause to charge Rice with breaking or entering. Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Rice.