Reported burglary in progress ends in arrest

Police responding to a reported burglar alarm early Tuesday morning saw a man running from the business where the alarm was activated, and caught him after a chase.

Leon Rauls, 35, who is on parole, was seen running from Welch’s Cleaners at 1300 S. Cherry St., at 5:30 a.m., Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Rauls on Wednesday.

Kizer said Rauls was carrying clothing items when he was seen, and all those items were recovered and returned to the store.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Rauls after ruling pthat rosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary and misdemeanor theft of property.

Rauls, who is also listed as a parole absconder, will not be able to post that bond until a hearing is held to determine whether he should be sent back to prison to complete his term.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Rauls.