Police: Woman And Child Walk In On Burglar Who Stole Wedding Rings

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A Springdale man was arrested Thursday after police say he stole wedding rings and other jewelry before a woman and her junior high-aged child walked in on him.

Steven Pardue, 25, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and second-degree battery. He remained Friday night in the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Pardue broke into a home on Woodridge Drive in Springdale and stole two wedding bands, a gold chain, a small gold crucifix, a gold chain and a Virgin Mary pendant.

Around the same time, he also attempted to burglarize another nearby house on Woodridge Drive, but a woman and her child walked in on him while he was in a back bedroom, police said. Pardue ran from the home, but was later arrested by police, who recovered the stolen jewelry off of Pardue, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Pardue’s wife told police they have not been able to pay the rent recently because Pardue had been spending money on “dope,” the report states.

Pardue’s arraignment is set for June 9.

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