Police arrest suspect in pawn shop burglary


A 19-year-old Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday as a result of an investigation into the burglary of a pawn shop in March.

Christopher Harris Jr., 19, was identified from store security video as one of the people who drove a stolen truck through a wall at the Jackpot Pawn Shop, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Wednesday.

A number of weapons and ammunition were taken from the business, and a short time later, police were sent to the 6200 block of West Fifth Avenue to investigate a report of shots being fired.

In a probable-cause affidavit, Detective Michael Roberts said police found the truck, which was later determined to have been stolen from Smart Chevrolet, but several people who were in the truck fled on foot when police arrived.

After Harris was identified as a possible suspect, a photo lineup was put together, and Harris was identified from the photos, Roberts said.

Police later said all the weapons but two that were taken in the burglary have been recovered.

Kizer said Harris has charges of breaking or entering and theft of property pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Because of those pending charges, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Harris after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Harris, and told him to come back to court May 29.

Anyone with information about the other suspects involved in the burglary should call Detective Sgt. Charles Harrison at 730-2090 and all calls will be kept confidential.