Three people were arrested and police are looking for one more after a reported burglary Tuesday morning at a convenience store on East Harding Avenue.
Krystal Edgerson, 19, Corey Stevenson, 18, and Travis Humphrey, 19, will each have to post a $5,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center after Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled Thursday prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with commercial burglary.
Reading from an affidavit from Detective Scott Norton, Deputy Prosecutor Carol Billings said police responded to a reported alarm at 2 a.m. at the Shell Food Mart at 1502 E. Harding Ave. and found the back wall of the business had been damaged.
A witness reported seeing four males get into a white Cadillac and leave the scene, and according to the affidavit, the store owner reported that an estimated $1,800 in merchandise, all cigarettes, were missing.
Later the same morning, police saw a white Cadillac at 2701 W. 31st Ave. with four people in it. One of them ran from the scene and was not apprehended, while three others went into a house.
Norton said in the affidavit that officers found several packages of cigarettes on the ground in front of the house and made contact with the lease holder, who gave them permission to search the residence.
Billings said police found a duffel bag containing tools and several cartons of cigarettes, and the person who held the lease on the house said she had no knowledge of the bag or its contents because she had been asleep.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Stevenson and Humphrey are both currently on probation after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, while Edgerson has burglary and theft of property charges pending.
Edgerson and Stevenson both said they would hire their own attorneys, while the Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Humphrey.