By Ray King

A $15,000 bond was set Monday for a Monticello man accused of stealing a truck from a former relative.

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Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Bobby Rush, 57, with theft by receiving.

Reading from a probable cause affidavit from Sheriff’s Investigator Terry Wingard, Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson said at 1 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s deputies received a call that a 1998 Ford F-150 truck that had been reported stolen was at the Saracen Casino.

The owner of the truck reported that he had allowed Rush, his former brother-in-law to use the truck on Jan. 18th and Rush did not return the truck. The owner of the truck filed a police report in North Little Rock on July 8.

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Carson said Rush was located inside the casino and initially denied being Rush and denied driving the truck. As he was being escorted to the door, Rush took off running and ran about 5-feet before he was caught by a deputy. He was handcuffed and searched and the keys to the truck were found in his pocket.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Rush and he was told to come back to court Aug. 2.