Cell phone, scrap of cloth link PB man to burglary, police say

Pine Bluff police responding to a reported burglar alarm at a furniture rental store on South Blake Street early Saturday morning found the front door pried open, and later arrested a man whose cell phone was found inside the business.

Kelei Jones, 21, was taken into custody after he called police and reported that his cell phone had been stolen, Detective Brad Vilches said in a probable cause affidavit.

Vilches reported that officers were sent to U-Pay-Less Furniture at 2012 S. Blake St. at 1:30 a.m. and after finding the front door pried open, found a small piece of black cloth hung on the front door.

The store’s manager reported that five flat screen televisions were missing and police found a flip top cell phone that was still one in the path where the televisions would have been taken.

At 1:45 a.m., Jones called police and reported that his cell phone had been stolen while he was sitting on a bench outside a service station on South Blake Street.

When police went to Jones’ residence on Howard Drive, they received permission to search the house and Vilches reported that officers found a black hoodie with a piece of material missing that matched the material that was found in the door of the business.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Jones after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary.

Jones was told to come back to court Jan. 14.