Police arrest man in Wednesday burglary


A reported burglary at a house in central Pine Bluff Wednesday led to the arrest of a man who had allegedly taken the stolen items to a house next door where he had been living.

Detective Jerry Lambert said during a court hearing Thursday that Fred Thomas, 42, had used a crowbar to pry open a storm door, then kicked open the back door of a house in the 1500 block of West 13th Avenue.

Police were called to the house at 7:30 a.m. and were told that jewelry, a camcorder, cleaning supplies and other items were taken.

Lambert said officers also determined that Thomas had taken food items and had allegedly cooked some of the food while in the house.

Thomas had reportedly also broken into the house next door and police found the items that had been reported stolen inside that house.

Lambert said when Thomas was questioned, he signed a form indicating he understood his rights and told police he “had been drunk and had taken the items to sell so he could buy more alcohol.”

Thomas was reportedly on parole after prior convictions for residential burglary, theft by receiving and theft of property.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Thomas after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary, breaking or entering and theft of property.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Thomas and told him to come back to court Oct. 25.