Investigation into stolen air conditioner leads to arrest

An investigation into the theft of an air conditioning unit from a business in Pine Bluff in March resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly sold the unit to a church in Wabbaseka.

Darryl Dotson, 41, was identified by members of the church and Wabbaseka Mayor Myra Edwards as the person who installed the air conditioner at the church, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said Monday.

Detective Sam Atkinson reported that the air conditioner had been reported stolen from Kwik Copy on South Olive Street on March 19, and it was found at the church Aug. 8.

Reed said the serial number of the air conditioner matched that of the one reported stolen from Kwik Copy.

Atkinson reported that Dotson was paid $2,000 for the air conditioner.

Reed said Dotson is currently on probation and had criminal convictions dating back to 1985 on charges of robbery, theft of property, theft by receiving and drug related offenses.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Dotson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Dotson and told him to come back to court Sept. 24.