Two arrested in house burglary

Police responding to a burglar alarm Friday at a house in southwest Pine Bluff reported seeing a man run from the back of the house and later arrested that man and another person after a search of the area.

Marcus Pugh, 18, and Krystal Edgerson, 19, were found in a car that was seen in the area shortly after the burglary, Detective David Norton of the Pine Bluff Police Department testified in Jefferson County Court on Monday. A third person, a male, also was taken into custody but no information was available about that individual.

Norton said the alarm went off at a house in the 2400 block of West 39th Avenue. When police arrived, Norton said, they saw a man in the back yard jump a fence, and drop an X-Box and games while running.

Officers received information that the man had gotten into a black car in the area of West 34th Avenue. While searching the area, officers saw a dark blue car which they stopped at West 34th Avenue and Old Warren Road.

Norton said one of the officers involved in the traffic stop had been to the house and recognized the clothing one of the men was wearing as the same as the person who jumped the fence. Officers also found the door kicked in.

When Pugh and the other man were questioned, they allegedly admitted their involvement while Edgerson told police she had been at home and gotten a call telling her that Pugh and the other person needed a ride. Norton said Pugh and the other man told police Edgerson had been cruising the area waiting on them,

According to the owner of the house, two watches, clothing, a cell phone and other items were missing, Norton said.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Pugh and for Edgerson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with residential burglary, theft of property and fleeing.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Pugh and Edgerson.