Suspicious activity with vehicle leads to arrest

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday night after police saw him behind the wheel of a car that was being pushed by another vehicle, and learned that he did not have permission to be in the car.

Lamorris Lampkin, 23, who is on probation, told police he had bought the car for $150 but a female who made the initial call, and who said she was speaking for the owner of the vehicle, told police she did not know Lampkin and the car had not been sold, Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning said during a court hearing for Lampkin on Thursday.

Detective Steve Rucker of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit that police were sent to the 2500 block of Kenwood Drive at about 7 p.m. and saw a blue SUV pushing a 1995 blue Buick Century with Lampkin behind the wheel of the Buick.

Manning said the battery was missing from the Buick, and according to the affidavit, the back driver’s side window was broken, and the steering column was also broken.

Lampkin allegedly had a screwdriver and a pair of pliers in his pocket when he was arrested.

Manning said Lampkin was placed on probation last year after being convicted of theft of property, and had prior convictions for forgery and theft of property.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Lampkin after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property.

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