Police arrest former restaurant employee in reported burglary

A former employee of a restaurant in Pine Bluff was arrested last Friday after he allegedly entered the business and took cash.

Elder Cuevas, 24, admitted using his door code to enter Lybrand’s restaurant on April 14 and taking $200, Detective Steve Rucker of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Monday.

According to the affidavit, Cuevas was terminated April 1 and returned to the business after hours because he said he had not received his last paycheck.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Cuevas, who Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary.

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