Man allegedly breaks into cars, arrested

A report of suspicious activity early Monday morning resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into two vehicles and removing items from them.

Kierre Bates, 19, was taken into custody after he matched the description of a man seen running from a car that had the windows broken out at about 2 a.m. on Diane Drive.

During a court hearing Tuesday for Bates, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said a witness reported seeing two men, one wearing a UAPB T-shirt, jump several fences and run from the area where the car was parked.

Detective Jacqueline Stevenson reported that the owner of the car said the radio on the vehicle had been ripped out and was on the ground beside the vehicle.

Kizer said police started checking the area and found a car with the motor running and no one inside it a sort distance away, and arrested Bates, who was wearing a UAPB T-shirt, when he returned to the vehicle.

Stevenson reported that police found a wallet inside the car that belonged to a second victim, whose vehicle had also been broken into.

Kizer said Bates currently has three theft of property charges pending in circuit court, and had six failures to appear in district court in 2011.

At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Bates after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving, breaking or entering, and criminal trespass.

Bates said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court June 19 at 9 a.m.