Man arrested on burglary charge after cell phone linked to him

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in a residential burglary Nov. 17.

A cell phone belonging to Sidney Bryant, 22, was found in the yard of a house at 5510 W. Barraque St. and Detective Jeremy Funderburg reported that police were able to trace the phone to Bryant.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police had responded to the burglary and located a man later identified as Bryant in the immediate area. After Bryant provided officers with his identification, he was released.

Funderburg reported that the owner of the home later told police he had seen the alleged burglar and gave officers a clothing description, which matched the clothing Bryant was wearing at the time he was stopped.

Officers reported that the side door of the house had been kicked in, and a handgun and jewelry were reported missing.

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

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Bryant, and told him to come back to court Jan. 3, 2013.