Pine Bluff police working off-duty security on the parking lot of an apartment complex on the west side of the city early Saturday morning saw two men run to a parked vehicle and when they went to investigate, the officers saw checkbooks and checks in plain sight.
Lamar Simmons, 24, and Barry Payton, 22, were taken into custody in the 4200 block of West 40th Avenue at about 3:30 a.m., Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday.
Detective Steven Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit that when police contacted the person whose name was listed on the checks, he reported that they had been stolen from his parked vehicle within the past 24 hours.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $2,500 bond for Simmons, who Kizer said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering or theft of property.
A $5,000 bond was set for Payton on the same charges, but he will not be able to post that bond because he is on parole and an absconder warrant had been issued for him for violating conditions of his parole.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent both men.