Police blotter — Dec. 26

Samplings of recent calls to Portales police, according to police records:


• A man reported a white 2001 Dodge pickup stolen about 3 p.m. at a business in the 600 block of East Lime Street.


• An officer took a report of stolen property about 11:05 a.m. in the 500 block of East 18th Street.

A 26-year-old woman said she was moving into the house and people were working on it. She said her two children would play with their DS game consoles while she worked in the house.

When she and the children left for a few minutes, the children left their DS’s on the couch. When they returned, the game consoles were gone.

There was only one worker in the house when they left, and the woman believed he took the DS’s.

The officer spoke with the 32-year-old man who had been working alone. The man said while the woman and children were gone, a man came to the house with three children looking for the woman.

The man with the children asked where the tile work needed to be done, and the 32-year-old showed him a bathroom. The 32-year-old said the children started playing with the DS’s.

The 32-year-old thought the other man and children were related to the woman. He described the other man as tall, skinny and wearing glasses, and said he drove a white lifted Toyota Tacoma.

The case is inactive due to lack of evidence and suspects.

• Abut 6 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 900 block of West 16th Street for a report of a residential burglary. A 27-year-old woman said two credit cards, a check book and $290 had been stolen.

• About 9:30 p.m., two officers were taking a report of someone damaging property and often passing by it in the 600 block of West University Drive. The man giving the report said he’d just seen the man he believed caused the damage parked in the area of University Drive and South Avenue E watching his residence.

While giving the report, the man pointed out a 28-year-old man, who was walking nearby and wearing dark clothes. When the 28-year-old saw them standing next to the marked patrol car, he turned around and walked quickly away, looking over his shoulder.

One officer walked toward the man to question him, and the other officer approached in his patrol car.

The 28-year-old made eye contact with the officer in the car and ran across a yard, over a fence and through a backyard.

One of the officers notified all other on-duty officers of the foot chase. Police secured several intersections in the area searched yards and alleys.

A dispatcher informed an officer that she received 911 calls from residents at two homes in the 700 block of West 14th Street, reporting a man wearing dark clothes had jumped over their fences and run down the alley. A moment later, officers captured the man in the 1300 block of South Avenue G.

The man said he had been discharged from parole on Dec. 17. He said he had been staying with family in Lubbock and had arrived in Portales that morning.

The man said he’d been walking to a friend’s house when he saw the patrol car and two officers. He said he turned around because he was nervous and ran because he knew one of the officers was crossing the street toward him.

The man was booked into Roosevelt County Detention Center on charges of resisting and evading officers.


• An officer was sent to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of West Fir Street about 5 p.m. in reference to a burglary. He spoke with two complainants, a 57-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son.

The woman said one of the apartments has been burglarized between Sunday and Wednesday, while the tenant was in Roosevelt County Detention Center. The tenant’s grandmother was allowed to retrieve some of his belongings from the apartment Sunday, and the door was locked afterward, the woman and her son said.

Wednesday, another resident informed the 18-year-old that the screen on the apartment had been cut. The woman and her son found the window open, and it appeared someone had rifled through items in the apartment. It was believed DVDs and knives were stolen.

The officer noted his intent to inform the tenant of the incident and receive his statement.

• About 2:10 p.m., an officer took a report of a vehicle stolen between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A 77-year-old man in the 1100 block of North Austin Street reported the 1998 blue Buick LeSabre was taken. He described the car as having right taillight damage and a Betty Boop license plate on the front.