Store employee arrested in alleged theft

An employee at the Wal Mart Supercenter in Pine Bluff was arrested Tuesday night after a store security officer said the man had loaded gift cards without paying for them, police reported.

Dillon Green, 18, told Detective Mike Sweeney that he was “in college and needed money for food and gas,” Sweeney said in a probable cause affadavit that was presented in court Wednesday said.

Officers were called to Wal Mart at midnight, and the store security officer said Green had loaded two cards valued at $200 each without paying for them, according to the affadavit. Sweeney said the security officer gave police a copy of cash register receipts and video of the incident.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that Green admitted that between Dec. 24, 2012, and Jan. 28, 2013, he had loaded about $1,774.97 in gift cards without paying for them.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $2,500 bond for Green after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Green, and told him to come back to court March 13.