Police continue investigation into Friday burglary


Pine Bluff police are continuing their investigation into the burglary of the Jackpot Pawn Shop on Friday and the theft of a vehicle that was used to drive through a wall of the building.

According to a report from Officer Billy Robertson, the owner of the business, Robert Weaver Sr., said a number of weapons and ammunition were taken.

Monday, PBPD spokeswoman Lt. JoAnn Bates said all of the weapons but two have been recovered.

Store security video showed a white truck busting through the west wall of the concrete building and two black males entering the store and taking weapons and ammunition, including one male who physically broke a glass display case and took merchandise out of it, according to Robertson’s report.

Police responded to the burglary at 5:36 a.m. after an alarm went off.

At about 6 a.m., Officer William Ablondi went to the area of 6200 West 5th Avenue in reference to a black car and a white pickup at the dead end with the occupants shooting guns.

In his report, Ablondi said he saw two black males take off running into the woods and because of the darkness, could not tell exactly where they went.

Upon examining the truck, a white Chevrolet, Ablondi said he noticed damage to the rear end of the vehicle: the tailgate was bent and torn up and there was concrete in the bed of the truck. Four weapons were found in the bed of the truck and those were identified as having come from the pawn shop.

Two people who were in the car were detained for questioning. Ablondi said in the report that two assault rifles and a handgun were recovered from the car and those were also identified as having been stolen.

The truck had no license plate and Ablondi said he ran a check of the vehicle identification number, which returned to an address in Star City. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy contacted the registered owner and was told they had traded the vehicle to Smart Chevrolet in Pine Bluff.

Later Friday morning, police confirmed that the truck had been stolen from Smart Chevrolet.

Anyone with information about the person or persons involved is asked to contact Sgt. Charles Harrison of the Detective Division at 730-2090 and all calls will be kept confidential.

A reward may be available for information leading to an arrest.