Suspect in alleged burglary arrested after trying to cash stolen check

An investigation into a reported burglary in southwest Pine Bluff in November resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly tried to cash a check that was stolen from the house.

James Evans, 20, told police the victim’s husband had given him the check for doing yard work, and later claimed he had found the check, Detective Michael Roberts said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Wednesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said the burglary was reported Nov. 25 at a house in the 2400 block of West 26th Avenue. The alleged victim said she came home and found her house broken into. Checks, a heater, jewelry and other items were reported missing.

On Monday, Achorn said Evans tried to cash one of the checks that had been reported stolen at the Simmons Bank branch on West 28th Avenue, then left despite efforts by bank personnel to detain him until police arrived. He was arrested later Monday.

According to the affidavit from Roberts, Evans said he “did not take anything out of the house,” but admitted he did fill out the check and tried to cash it.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $35,000 bond for Evans on Wednesday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary, theft of property and forgery.

In addition to setting the bond, the judge ordered Evans to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.

Evans said he would hire his own attorney.