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Police blotter —


November 1, 2011

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


• At 12:17 a.m., an officer was patrolling the city park when he observed a vehicle in the parking lot of the north entrance with a large amount of trash in front of it. The officer walked to the vehicle and found an adolescent with bloodshot eyes in the back seat. The youth told the officer he was under the influence of narcotics and that the driver had a pipe.

The driver gave the officer a bag of synthetic marijuana known as “pep” and a pipe. She said the narcotics belonged to her and the pipe belonged to the front seat passenger.

The officer placed the two females in the front seat under arrest and searched the vehicle after the driver, who told him there were three more bags of the drugs inside the vehicle, signed a consent form.

After being transported to the police department, the driver told the officer the drugs she had were purchased from a smoke shop by her brother.

The three juveniles were released to their parents and a juvenile probation officer was contacted.


• At 1:15 a.m., an officer was patrolling West 16th Street when he observed a large amount of people in the street. The officer saw a man walking across the street as he drank a Coors Light beer, then throw the can on the ground after he finished it. The officer made contact with the man, who was under 21 years old and gave him a citation for minor in possession. The case is cleared by an arrest.

• At 12:29 p.m., an officer responded to South Avenue J in reference to graffiti. A man told the officer that between 10:30 p.m. the previous day and noon, an unknown subject spray painted graffiti on the north and west walls of his residence and two trash receptacles in the alley behind his house. The man said the only suspicious behavior he observed during the time frame was the sound of several subjects arguing at 5:30 a.m. at what sounded like the house behind his.

The officer found the graffiti was painted in white and illegible. There are no suspects at this time. The case is inactive pending further information.


• At 10:58 p.m., an officer was dispatched to South Elgin in reference to auto burglary. A man told the officer his black backpack was taken from his vehicle, which contained two school text books, a spiral notebook, miscellaneous papers and a job application containing personal information. Blood was found in the vehicle and collected as evidence.

The other resident of the house said his vehicle was also broken into and his iPod and radar detector were taken. The man estimated the items to be valued at $179 each. Another blood sample was collected from the second man’s vehicle. Both vehicles were dusted for fingerprints.

The case will remain active until further information is gathered.


• At 1:20 p.m., an officer responded to South Main Street in reference to the theft of gas from a vehicle. A woman told the officer that she had been having problems with gas being stolen from her car for the last six months, so she had recently bought a locking gas cap for her vehicle.

The woman said she had filled her vehicle up with gas at 5 p.m. the previous day then returned home. She said when she went to take a trip to the store at 1 p.m. on the current day, she found her gas tank empty. Her grandson climbed under the vehicle and found that the feed line to the gas tank had been cut.

The officer observed a strong smell of gasoline coming from the vehicle but found no other evidence at the scene. The case is inactive pending further information.


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