Man linked to house burglary arrested

An investigation into the burglary of a house on the west side of Pine Bluff on July 15 resulted in the arrest of one man who allegedly admitted being involved but denied actually entering the house.

Bobby Richardson, 19, told police he waited outside while another person went into the house and took a number of items, Detective William Freeman said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the owner of the house told police two doors were damaged and a television, VCR and other items were missing.

About a week later, Richardson was identified as a suspect and Freeman said in the affidavit that when Richardson was interviewed, he said he and another person were “hanging out” when the other person, who was not identified in the affidavit, asked Richardson to go to the house in the 3200 block of Allister Drive so he could get his clothes out.

Richardson also allegedly said he took the items to a relative’s house where he held them for a while before the other person came and got them, and also allegedly said he had held stolen items for the other person before, Freeman said in the affidavit.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Richardson, who Kizer said has no prior convictions or pending felony charges, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary and theft by receiving.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Richardson, and he was told to come back to court Sept. 5.