Police recover alleged stolen car, arrest driver

A car that was reported stolen in December was recovered Thursday and the driver of the car was arrested.

James Young, 29, was driving the 2013 Honda that police vice and narcotics detectives saw pull out of an apartment complex at 10th Avenue and Hazel Street at a high rate of speed, Detective Temmiothy Johnson of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday morning.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Young was driving the car, and two passengers were in the vehicle when police pulled it over. Pugh said both passengers told officers they had been “hanging out” at the apartment complex when Young offered them a ride to the store, and both said they “didn’t see or hear anything that would make them believe the car was stolen.”

According to the affidavit, the owner of the car said he had left the spare key and the entry remote in the vehicle, which was locked at the time it was taken.

When Young was interviewed, he allegedly told police he had gotten the car from a person he had known for about two months, and “thought it was too good to be true” when that person allowed him to drive the car.

Young is on parole after being convicted of multiple prior felonies, including residential burglary, theft of property and theft by receiving dating back to 2005. He is listed as a parole absconder.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Young after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause the charge him with theft by receiving.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Young, who will be held until a hearing is held to determine if he should be sent back to prison to finish his sentence.