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Dec. 7, 2008 Police Blotter


December 6, 2008

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

About midnight Nov. 26 an officer responded to a burglary report at a residence in the 900 block of Hondo Street.

A man said he had come home a few hours earlier and found his door broken in and several of his possessions stolen. He said he did not call police right away because he thought he knew who had done it and intended to take care of it himself.

Later in the night a woman he had met one other time stopped by and he had been drinking so he asked her to drive his cousin home.

After they dropped his cousin off, he said the woman was taking her time getting him home, driving long routes and stopping for a soda. He said he finally told her to get out of his vehicle and drove himself home.

When he arrived, he saw a vehicle backing out of his driveway and found his house had been broken into again and more items were missing.

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About 1 a.m. Nov. 26 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Chaparral Street for a report of a breaking and entering.

A woman said she was in her bedroom when she heard someone kick her back door in. She said she saw a man walk through her home and out the front door.

Officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Damage to the woman’s door was estimated around $130.

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About 5 a.m. Nov. 26 an officer responded to a business in the 300 block of Prince Street for a report of shoplifting.

A clerk said a man walked into the store and got a package of bologna, then told him he had to go out to get some change to pay for bread.

The clerk said the man walked out of the store with the bologna and didn’t return to pay for it.

The bologna was valued at $1.79.

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Around 11 a.m. Nov. 26 an officer responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Echols for a larceny report.

A woman said she rented the community center at the complex for Thanksgiving dinner and took two turkeys over to the facility to prepare them for the meal. She said she went back to her apartment for something and when she returned, one of her turkeys was missing.

A witness said she saw a third woman sneak the turkey out of the center in a trashcan.

The officer spoke to the suspect who denied stealing the turkey.

An hour later the victim called police and said the suspect had purchased another turkey and brought it to her.

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About 4 p.m. Nov. 26 an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of Gidding Street for a report of a subject with a weapon.

An 18-year-old said a male pulled up beside him at an intersection and began cursing at him. He said he had never seen the man before, so he went back home.

As he pulled into the driveway, he said two vehicles pulled up and 10 to 20 males he didn’t know got out and rushed at him.

One of the males tried to hit him with a pipe, which he said he blocked and was struck in the hand and face.

The male said his brother came out of the house to help him and they ran inside. One of the suspects kicked and broke the door after he tried to get in the house, but the man said his brother punched him in the face and shut the door.

The officer found evidence at the scene to support the male’s account of the incident.

Police blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or by e-mail:


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