Burglary at pawn shop leads to arrest

Several guns that were reported stolen after a burglary at a Pine Bluff pawn shop early Wednesday morning were recovered by police inside a house in the central part of the city and one man was arrested in connection with the burglary.

Cameron Langel, 19, will have to post a $25,000 bond to be released from the county detention center after Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled Friday that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary and theft of property.

Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable cause affidavit that officers responded to a burglar alarm at 3:19 a.m. at Money Mart Pawn Shop, located at 125 E. Harding Ave., and found the back door forced open.

The business owner reported that several handguns were missing.

At about 1 p.m. Detective Bill Wiegand received information that several of the guns from the pawn shop were in a house in the 2600 block of Laurel Street. The caller also gave police a description of the house and cars that would be at the house.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that the owner of the house gave detectives permission to search and when they went into a back room, they found several children lying on a blanket. One of the children reportedly told detectives that “Lil Cameron put his gun under the mattress” and after the children were removed from the room, detectives lifted up the mattress and found a .45-caliber Glock handgun that was listed as being stolen from the pawn shop.

Three other guns were found in the house and a fourth in the trunk of a car in front of the house, and three of those were included in the list of weapons that were stolen.

Langel said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court March 15.

Police are continuing their investigation into the burglary and attempting to locate others involved.