Reported theft in progress leads to arrest

A reported theft in progress Tuesday evening resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man who allegedly took a box of siding and several sheets of plywood from a house on the east side of town.

Gary Hadley, 43, was identified after a nearby resident reportedly saw him taking the items, and followed him, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Wednesday.

Detective Michael Roberts reported that police were sent to 2004 Georgia St., at about 7 p.m. where a witness reported seeing a person, later identified as Hadley, drag a box into a wooded area behind the house, leave, then come back with a truck and load plywood into the back of the truck.

Kizer said the witness followed the truck to a second location, and Hadley was arrested a short time later.

Roberts reported that Hadley waived his right to an attorney and admitted taking a box containing siding, and also plywood, but Kizer said the police report did not indicate the value of the siding or the plywood.

Hadley is currently on probation on charges of attempted theft of property, and had prior convictions dating back to 1996 for commercial burglary, theft of property, and breaking or entering.

Because of the prior convictions and the fact that Hadley is on probation, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Hadley with two counts of breaking or entering and two counts of theft of property.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Hadley, and told him to come back to court May 9 at 9 a.m.