Police arrested a man awaiting sentencing on a burglary charge for another burglary Friday at an apartment in the 500 block of Mount Rushmore Drive.

Jarred A. Pitman, 23, lived next door to the burglarized apartment and was identified as a suspect shortly after the break-in was reported, said Sgt. Willard Reardon, Richmond Police Department spokesman.

Pitman entered a guilty plea Oct. 9 to charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief for an Aug. 6 break-in at the Dollar General store on Center Drive where police captured him at the scene.

Officers responded to the store after the store’s alarm cables were cut, and met Pitman as he attempted to flee out of the store, police said after his Aug. 6 arrest.

Police found a crowbar and flashlight inside the store, and the safe and office had been damaged in an apparent attempt to remove the safe.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors recommended a one-year sentence on each charge, but remained silent on whether those sentences would run consecutively or concurrently. Final sentencing is set for Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.

Reardon said the residents of the burglarized apartment discovered a number of items had been stolen Thursday night.

The stolen items include a 20-gauge Remington shotgun, a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, an Apple iPod, a DVD player, numerous CDs and DVDs, a plastic police badge, a set of stainless steel kitchen knives, a Leatherman pocket tool, an Armani wristwatch, an electric razor, a digital camera, a wedding band with pearls and a platinum band, a laundry basket, prescription medicine and cash.

Reardon said a search of Pitman’s apartment did not uncover any of the stolen items, but police did find firearms and other items they suspect to be stolen. An investigation to locate the stolen items and identify the items recovered from Pitman’s apartment is ongoing, he said.

Pitman was taken into custody at his home and transported to the Richmond Police Department for an interview, Reardon said, and later was placed under arrest.

As officers attempted to put Pitman into a police car to transport him to the Madison County Detention Center, he fled on foot, Reardon said.

Pitman was captured in a nearby field and taken to jail, Reardon said.

He is charged with first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of burglary tools, second-degree fleeing or evading police, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brian Smith may be reached at bsmith@richmondregister.com or at 624-6694.

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