Man on parole for burglary arrested after Monday burglary


A Pine Bluff man who is currently on parole was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly broke into Walgreen’s on Dollarway Road.

Deaundra Neal, 25, was taken into custody just south of the business after police responded to an alarm at the store at about 1:30 a.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Mike Sweeney, the alarm company monitoring the business reported two men inside the store, one of them wearing a black hoodie and a red ski mask. When Neal was arrested, the clothing he was wearing matched that description.

The buglars got into the building by pulling off tin on one side of the building, creating a hole.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that a second suspect escaped and police are looking for him.

When Neal was interviewed, he allegedly said he did not enter the business, but stayed outside while the other person did.

Kizer said Neal had been convicted of four prior burglaries, and according to records at the prosecuting attorney’s office, was sentenced to prison in 2011.

Because of the prior convictions, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Neal after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary.

Neal said he would hire his own attorney.