Investigation into alleged employee theft results in arrest

An investigation into the reported theft of items from a wrecker company in Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest a man who allegedly pawned the items.

Daniel Ford, 29, reportedly admitted pawning the items, telling police he used the money to buy food and gas, and said he intended to pay off the pawn shop when he got his next check, Detective Steven Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Monday.

Rucker reported that the items were taken from Foster Towing and included a Tom-Tom GPS unit, power tools and a .45-caliber handgun. Ford worked as a driver for the company.

The value of the stolen items was listed at $1,125.21.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Ford after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property and with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a prior conviction for residential burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Ford, and told him to come back to court Nov. 26 at 9 a.m.