A Pine Bluff man who was identified as a suspect in a reported burglary at a house on the north side of the city last week was reportedly planning to leave town when he was arrested, a police detective said Wednesday during a court hearing.

A Pine Bluff man who was identified as a suspect in a reported burglary at a house on the north side of the city last week was reportedly planning to leave town when he was arrested, a police detective said Wednesday during a court hearing.

Detective Jerry Lambert said Gary Barnett, 37, had bought a ticket to Atlanta and told his girlfriend he “would not be coming back to Pine Bluff.”

Lambert said a female victim reported that her house at 1603 Bell St. had been broken into on Feb. 17, and a wallet and several flat screen televisions were taken.

The house was broken into by someone cutting a screen on a window then removing the window pane.

Lambert said the victim told police Barnett was a past tenant in one of her rent houses and he had called her asking for things to do to earn money. The woman also said Barnett was the only person who would know where the wallet was located and knew about the flat screen televisions.

Barnett was arrested Monday and Lambert reported that he had one of the reportedly stolen televisions in his possession. He also reportedly made a phone call while he was being taken to the jail and told his son to “remove the other TVs because he had been arrested.”

In addition to the new allegations, Lambert said Barnett had several prior felony convictions for burglary and theft of property.

At the request of Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash only bond for Barnett after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with residential burglary and theft of property.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Barnett, and told him to come back to court April 18.