Parolee arrested on burglary charge

A reported burglary in progress at a house on the west side of Pine Bluff on Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man who is currently on parole.

Seneca Dickson, 27, told police he broke into the house because he needed money, Detective Sgt. Ralph Issac said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

According to the affidavit, police responded to 1211 W. 32nd Ave., at 3:53 p.m., and while they were on the way, received information that the suspect had left in a vehicle.

The victim told police a laptop computer, cell phone, jewelry box and three wallets were missing from the house.

Issac said in the affidavit that Detective Mario Brown stopped the suspect vehicle, driven by Dickson, in the 1500 block of West 26th Avenue, and some of the missing items were recovered in the vehicle.

When Dickson was questioned, he allegedly told police he had sold the cell phone and computer at a business.

In addition to being on parole, records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Dickson has pending charges of residential burglary, criminal mischief and theft of property.

At the request of prosecutors, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash-only bond for Dickson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Dickson, and told him to come back to court May 17.