An investigation into a reported burglary in November resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man who reportedly sold one of the stolen items at a business in the Dollarway area.

An investigation into a reported burglary in November resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man who reportedly sold one of the stolen items at a business in the Dollarway area.

Chad Smithwick, 34, was identified as the person who allegedly sold a silver tea pot valued at $3,500 to Jacsil Motors, and told the owner that the tea pot “belonged to his grandmother,” Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing Friday for Smithwick.

Detective Charles Harrison reported that Charles Sanders Sr. said the front door at Sanders House Moving, 4300 W. Barraque St., had been pried open and the tea pot, a shotgun and other items were missing.

Gieringer said Sanders called pawn shops in the area about the tea pot and reportedly told the owners of those businesses that he would buy the tea pot back if the business bought it from anyone.

Harrison reported that Jack McNutt, the owner of Jacsil Motors, contacted Sanders and said Smithwick had sold the tea pot to him for $500, and McNutt also said the scrap value of the tea pot was $2,500.

Gieringer said Smithwick is currently on parole and has a lengthy criminal history, with multiple convictions dating back to 1996 for breaking or entering, residential burglary, and theft of property, and has charges of theft of property and theft by receiving pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court. He is currently out on bond on those charges, Gieringer said.

At Gieringer’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash only bond for Smithwick after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

Smithwick told the judge he would talk to his family about hiring an attorney and he was instructed to come back to court Feb. 24.