JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man faces up to 20 years in prison after police say he broke into a home and broke a child's piggy bank to steal $29.
Investigators say Daniel Perez Olivares, 32, used his Mexican identification card Saturday night to slip the lock on a home in the 1000-block of Kitchen Street.
Once inside, according to the initial incident report, Olivares went upstairs and broke a young boy's piggy bank, stealing $29 inside.
When the residents returned to the house, they found the front and back door to the home open.
"My aunt tells me to go ahead and walk in," homeowner Jose Lopez told Region 8 News. "Next you know, I hear somebody running down the steps from my room. This guy just stops in front of me and asks what am I doing here...I mean, it's pretty obvious it's my house."
He reportedly asked the homeowner and his friends, "Where is the party?"
When police arrived they found Olivares in the backyard with several people standing around him.
Olivares admitted through a police interpreter he had gone to the house for a party, but reportedly denied stealing the money from the house.
The child, whose piggy bank he is alleged to have broken, told officers one of the bills had "some ink pen writing on it" and another bill was torn.
While searching Olivares, the officer reported finding a torn bill and one with ink pen writing on it.
On Monday, a Craighead County district court judge found probable cause to charge Olivares with residential burglary.
If convicted he could be fined up to $15,000 and be sentenced to 5 to 20 years in prison.
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