PB man accused of taking parts from stolen vehicle

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly was seen removing parts from a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Allawiches Austin, 23, who is on parole, told police he was removing the motor from a white El Camino that had been reported stolen in Bryant, Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning said during a court hearing for Austin on Thursday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Cassandra McAfee of the Pine Bluff Police Department, police were sent to 614 Belmont Drive at about 5 p.m., and found Austin, who said he was pulling the motor out of the vehicle for another person.

When police checked the vehicle identification number, they determined that it had been reported stolen.

Manning said Austin had previously been convicted of theft of property and theft by receiving based on an arrest in 2009, and was sentenced to five years in prison. Manning said Austin also has pending charges of aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm stemming from a case last year.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Austin on Thursday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

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