Bond set in reported attempted burglary

A $15,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly tried to break into a house late Monday night.

Jefferson County Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Otis Peal, 42, with attempted residential burglary..

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Peal was arrested after police were sent to 1107 S. Cypress St. at 10:57 p.m., to investigate a reported burglary in progress.

Detective Brad Vilches reported that Peal was wearing gloves and was walking away from the house when officers arrived.

Kizer said the victim reported hearing a loud noise like her door being kicked, but it did not open.

Vilches reported that a shoe print that matched the shoes Peal was wearing was found on the door.

Peal reportedly waived his right to an attorney and told police he thought the house was empty and he was “going to go in and get the cooking stove.”

Vilches reported that Peal also said he tried the door and after finding it locked, started to walk away when he saw cars, including a police car.

Peal told the judge he would try to hire his own attorney, and was instructed to come back to court May 8.