Man arrested after allegedly seen inside vehicle at closed car lot

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Sunday after police allegedly saw him inside a vehicle on the parking lot of an auto dealer, which was closed at the time.

Zevvie Manley, 58, allegedly tried to flee on a bicycle but was caught and allegedly said he had been in the vehicle, Deputy Prosecutor Carol Billings said during a court hearing Tuesday.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Mike Sweeney, Detective Jerry Lambert said he saw a man later identified as Manley inside a 2012 Dodge at 12:51 p.m. on the parking lot of Smart Dodge, 2400 E. Harding Ave.

Lambert altered police Traffic Officer Brad Vilches, who was in the area, and Vilches attempted to locate Manley, who allegedly jumped on a bicycle and rode across East Harding Avenue before being caught.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that Manley admitted that he went over the gate of the car dealership, which had a fence around it, and also told police he did not take anything from the vehicle.

Billings said Manley had an extensive criminal record and according to a computer printout, that record dated back to 1975 and included multiple convictions for burglary, breaking or entering and theft of property.

At Billing’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Manley after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering.

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