Police arrest man in alleged theft of bank deposit


An investigation into the theft of a bank deposit from a local restaurant Sunday resulted in the arrest of the store employee who went to make the deposit.

Ryan Williams, 23, called police to report that he had been knocked down and robbed, but security video from the bank didn’t show anyone but Williams on the parking lot, according to a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, Williams left the McDonald’s on Blake Street at 6:30 a.m. with a deposit he said was more than $7,000 and drove to Simmons First National Bank on Dollarway Road.

Williams told police he got out of his car and was facing the deposit box when he was hit from behind and an unknown suspect fled with the deposit.

Police reported that bank video showed Williams pulling up, getting on the ground, then calling police while he was getting up.

Video from McDonald’s showed Williams leaving the business with the deposit, and police reported that no money was found on Williams’ person or in his vehicle.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Williams after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property.

Williams was told to come back to court April 2.