Man arrested after allegedly breaking into vehicles at jail

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly broke into two parked vehicles at the W. C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center.

George Young, 47, was described as “a flight risk” by Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn during a court hearing Monday. Achorn said Young is currently on parole and had four prior convictions for robbery, five prior convictions for theft of property and multiple prior alias bench warrants and failures to appear.

Testifying at the hearing, Detective Jerry Lambert said police were called to the jail to investigate a report that someone had broken into cars while the owners of the cars were inside the jail visiting detainees.

Young was identified as the suspect because he had been seen in one of the cars and the owners of both vehicles said they didn’t know Young and had not given him permission to be in the vehicles.

Lambert said when Young was interviewed, he allegedly said he had been inside the vehicles but did not take anything.

Achorn said when Young was found, he had an eight-inch knife and police believe he used the knife to enter the vehicles.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $35,000 bond for Young after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of breaking or entering and one count of possession of an instrument of crime, the knife.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Young, who will also be held for the Arkansas Parole Board.