Police arrest man in alleged burglary

An investigation into a reported burglary at a house on the west side of Pine Bluff last week has resulted in the arrest of a who man police believe was one of the people involved.

Lamar Simmons, 24, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after he was identified by a witness to the alleged burglary at 2303 S. Spruce St., on May 18.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Friday that the owner of the house contacted police after finding the back door of the house kicked in, and flat-screen televisions and other items missing.

Detective Steve Rucker said in a probable-cause affidavit that a witness reported seeing Simmons and two other individuals loading items into a green four-door car.

Another witness, who is related to Simmons, reportedly told police that Simmons had called her after the vehicle got stuck in a ditch and asked her to help him get the vehicle out. The witness reported seeing the televisions in the vehicle and called 9-1-1.

Simmons, who Kizer said is on probation on charges of burglary and theft of property, denied any involvement when he was questioned by police, Rucker said in the affidavit.

Because Simmons is on probation for a similar crime, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney agreed to Kizer’s request and set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Simmons after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary and theft of property.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Simmons, and told him to come back to court July 5.