A report of suspicious activity at a house in southwest Pine Bluff on Thursday night led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of more than $11,000 in dog food that had been reported stolen from a company at Dumas.

A report of suspicious activity at a house in southwest Pine Bluff on Thursday night led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of more than $11,000 in dog food that had been reported stolen from a company at Dumas.


Steve Reeves, 31, and Robert Ferguson, 39, were among a group of men who were reportedly unloading pallets of Raechel Ray Nutrish dog food from a tractor-trailer at a house in the 3000 block of Taft Street when police arrived, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for the men Friday.


According to the police report, the plastic seal had been cut from the tractor-trailer doors and the driver said he had been told to deliver eight pallets of the dog food to the house on Taft Street. The driver was asked for paperwork showing that but was able to produce only documentation that 24 pallets of the dog food were to be delivered to K-Mart in Memphis, Tenn. The eight additional pallets were extras that were loaded onto the truck at the company plant.


Kizer said the total value of the dog food was $11,419.


Dumas police were contacted and after Dumas officers contacted the Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Mill, they told Pine Bluff police that the eight pallets of dog food that were unloaded at the house on Taft Street had been stolen.


Kizer said neither Reeves nor Ferguson had any prior felony convictions or pending charges.


Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $2,500 bond for each man after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with theft by receiving.


Reeves and Ferguson said they would hire their own attorneys.


Several other men were questioned and released and an investigation into the incident is continuing.