Police find burglary suspect in closet


Police responding to a burglar alarm Monday morning found a window open and a man hiding inside a closet at the residence.

During a court hearing Tuesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the owner of the house identified the suspect as Rodney Butler, 31, a man the homeowner was trying to help by allowing him to stay a few days.

Detective Jerry Lambert reported that police were sent to 1721 Georgia St. at 10:40 a.m., where they found the window open and an air conditioner pushed inside.

After the owner arrived, officers went in and found a garbage bag containing clothing and Play Station games and found Butler hiding.

Kizer said Butler is currently on probation and had prior convictions for commercial burglary, breaking or entering and theft of property.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Butler after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with burglary.

Kearney appointed the public defender’s office to represent Butler and told him to come back to court Nov. 20.