Police blotter — May 18

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


• An officer responded to the 800 block of West Fourth Street on a report of a burglary.

The victim reported a television and a lock box containing jewelry, paperwork and photos missing.

The officer noted that an investigation was under way and police had a suspect.


• An officer was dispatched to a store in the 1800 block of South Avenue I about 1:50 a.m. in response to a report of shoplifting and an irate customer.

The 19-year-old clerk said a large man brought a 99-cent, 1-liter bottle of iced tea to the register but left without paying for it. She said she went outside and told the man to come in because he didn’t pay for the item.

The man left in a car. When the officer received the information return from the license plate, he recognized the vehicle as one often driven by a particular 31-year-old man.

Another officer went to the man’s residence in the 1000 block of North Avenue J and found him and the car outside. The first officer arrived, and the man told him he thought he’d paid for the item and he’d heard the clerk tell him he didn’t pay.

The reporting officer noted that prior to Saturday, there was a call to the same store regarding the same man. A Eastern New Mexico University police officer had given him a criminal trespass warning.

The man acknowledged the encounter and said the warning was in writing and wasn’t provided by the clerk, so it wasn’t valid.

The officer arrested the man and booked him into Roosevelt County Detention Center on a charge of commercial burglary.


• An officer was sent to the 1300 block of South Avenue B about 2 p.m. in reference to a report of a mother throwing things at her daughter.

The officer spoke with a 16-year-old girl who said her 47-year-old mother had been intoxicated for two days. The girl said her mother was trying to drive while drunk that day and she hid the keys to stop her mother.

She also said she poured her mother’s vodka on the floor. As she did, her mother threw a flashlight at her and hit her on the back.

The mother also threw a cup at the girl but missed, the daughter said.

The officer spoke with the mother, who was sitting on the ground in the backyard. The officer noticed the smell of alcohol coming from her.

The mother said she was lying down in her bedroom and told her daughter to get out, but that’s all that happened. She couldn’t explain why she was in the backyard on the ground.

The officer told the woman that he was taking her into protective custody because she wasn’t able to take care of herself and might hurt herself by falling. A Portales ambulance took the woman to Roosevelt General Hospital.

RGH staff said the woman had a blood alcohol content of .28.

A restraining order was in place at the time of the incident. The officer informed the district court judge of the situation, and the judge told him he could release the children to their father.

• About 6:35 p.m., an officer took a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1000 block of North Avenue B.

A 31-year-old woman said her vehicle was in her driveway at 11 p.m. the night before, but when she came out about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, it was gone. She said the car had about a gallon of gas in it.

The woman said she’d tried to find the car by contacting friends and family, but no one had taken it.

Another officer located the vehicle Monday in the 1000 block of South Boulder Avenue. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.


• An officer was dispatched to the 1700 block of North Main Street about 6:45 p.m. in reference to an auto burglary report.

A 51-year-old man said he arrived home about 6:15 p.m. and went out to his Ford van in the backyard about half an hour later. Then, he noticed the $600 stereo missing.

The man’s fiance had been driving the van and didn’t lock the doors. The man said a tall, thin man was seen near the vehicle earlier.

• About 10:05 p.m., an officer responded to a report of shoplifting at a store in the 1600 block of East Spruce Street.

The asset protection specialist said he saw two men in the store, one of which he believed he remembered as someone who had been given a criminal trespass warning, banning him from the store, for shoplifting at the branch of the store in Clovis. He said he saw the two in the liquor section and followed them into the parking lot.

The man the specialist believed he remembered gave him a different name, and the specialist remembered the man was another subject who’d been banned from all stores in the chain for shoplifting in Clovis.

The specialist said the two men drove off in a Lincoln.

When the officer spoke with the specialist, the specialist was reviewing surveillance footage of the liquor section, and the officer saw the two men taking bottles of liquor, concealing the bottles under their clothes and leaving without paying.

Another asset protection specialist identified both men and said they had been banned from all stores in the chain for life for shoplifting.

The officer noted his intent to seek arrest warrant for both men on the charge of commercial burglary.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Argen Duncan