Burglary suspect arrested after fleeing from residence


A reported burglary in progress at a house on the west side of Pine Bluff Friday resulted in the arrest of one of two men seen running from the residence.

Allen Claggett, 38, who was also wanted by the parole board and listed as an absconder, was seen running from the back of a house at 3201 Iris St. at 10:24 a.m. Detective Brad Vilches reported in a probable cause affidavit.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police found the back door of the house had been kicked in, and collected fingerprints and DNA evidence from the scene.

Vilches reported that Claggett admitted being at the house, but claimed another person had asked him to go there and help move furniture.

Kizer said Claggett had a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1999 and had been to the penitentiary several times.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Claggett after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Claggett and told him to come back to court Dec. 3.

Even though a bond was set on the burglary allegation, Claggett will be held without bond on the absconder warrant, pending a hearing on revoking his parole.