A reported burglary in progress early Wednesday morning at a business on South Blake Street resulted in the arrest of two men who were allegedly seen running from the store.
Arthur Woods, 22, and Reginald Johnson, 19, who are brothers, were taken into custody after police were sent at 1:47 a.m. to A&S Quik Mart at 1415 S. Blake St., Deputy Prosecutor Carol Billings said during a court hearing Thursday.
Detective Steven Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit that when the initial officers arrived at the store, they saw three men running, including one who appeared to be “trying to conceal a sledgehammer under his shirt.”
Billings said police found a hole in the back wall of the business and Woods was located behind a house at West 14th Avenue and Bay Street with a sledgehammer and a black mask beside him.
Rucker said in the affidavit that Johnson was located lying in a field in the area and he told police he had been walking by when he saw his brother running and went to the field, where he had planned to spend the night.
Woods said he was “trying to cause damage to the building” but was not trying to break into it, according to the affidavit.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for both Woods and Johnson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with commercial burglary.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Woods and Johnson, who Billings said had no prior convictions or pending charges.