A Pine Bluff police officer on routine patrol Tuesday arrested one of two men he saw coming out of a closed factory on West 34th Avenue.
Larry Crow, 61, and an unidentified man were seen entering Illinois Tool Works through a back door, Detective Steven Rucker reported in a probable cause affidavit during a court hearing Thursday for Crow.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Crow and the other man had gone into the business and had cut copper wire from the building then tried to leave.
Officer Edward Johnson, who saw the men go in, told them to stop and both started running, Rucker said in the affidavit. After a short chase, Crow was arrested but the second man got away.
Rucker said when detectives attempted to question Crow about the incident, he asked for an attorney so no interview was conducted.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Crow after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary.
Crow said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Dec. 26.