Police arrest burglary suspect


A reported residential burglary in the 800 block of West Barraque Street on Friday afternoon led to the arrest of a man who police say was identified by witnesses as the person who broke into the house.

Donty Simmons, 59, allegedly put the stolen items, which included an antique doll house and dolls, in a shopping cart, Detective Mike Sweeney of the Pine Bluff Police Department said during a court hearing for Simmons on Monday.

Sweeney said the estimated value of the missing items was more than $5,000.

Questioned by Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney about the witnesses’ description, Sweeney said the witnesses told police the suspect was an elderly black male with facial hair who “rides around the neighborhood in a motorized wheelchair.”

He also said the house that was broken into was about three blocks from where Simmons lives.

Simmons is on probation on charges of residential burglary and Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said he has pending charges of residential burglary and theft of property.

Because of that, Kearney agreed to Pugh’s request and set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Simmons after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary and theft of property.

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