The Blotter (1/26/2013)


Socorro County Sheriff’s Department
Nov. 22, 2012
• A deputy providing support to the Socorro County DWI Compliance Office was told a Laveen, Ariz., woman who drove to the office appeared to be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The woman performed poorly on a field sobriety test, which was followed by a breath test. The deputy discovered the woman was driving on a license suspended or revoked due to a previous DWI. The deputy arrested the woman for driving to the DWI Compliance Office and because she said she intended to drive home, although her license was not valid.

December 2012
• A deputy was dispatched to take a larceny report on county Road 91. The woman there reported that her boyfriend had taken several personal and electronic media items that belonged to her when they broke up, sometime between the end of October and end of November 2012. The deputy learned both of them claimed ownership of the items. The boyfriend claimed they were married and were in the process of divorcing, and the items listed as stolen were his. Both parties were told it was a civil matter to be settled in court.
• A deputy was dispatched to Luis Lopez to take a larceny report. A man reported his credit card was stolen from his home by an unknown person on Nov. 30. The card was used on two occasions, and both transactions are being investigated.
• A deputy was dispatched to La Joya Game Refuge to take a larceny report Dec. 11. An Albuquerque man reported two shotguns stolen sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. that day. The man had been hunting in the area and when he returned to his vehicle he sat the guns down by the rear tire while he loaded his vehicle, but forgot about them. He did not realize they were missing until he got home. He said he returned to the area where he parked at the game refuge but did not find the guns. Investigation continues.
• A deputy was dispatched to La Joya on the report of a family disturbance about 8:18 p.m. Dec. 16. On arrival, the deputy was told a man was angry because his father had taken a knife from him and refused to give him a baseball bat as he requested. The man’s father said the man recently received inpatient treatment for depression and anxiety. After interviewing both parents, the deputy interviewed the man. During the interview the man became agitated, claiming the deputy had stolen the man’s driver’s license. The man said, “Let’s play hard. I have boots in my car.” The man then tried to climb on the roof of his car, then tried climbing over the car to get away. The deputy arrested the man when he learned the man had verbally threatened to hurt his father.

Socorro Police Department
Dec. 24
• A Dalhart, Texas, man was stopped for erratic driving. During the stop, the officer learned the man had an arrest warrant. He was arrested and booked into county jail.
• A Socorro woman reported her boyfriend, a Los Lunas man, went to her house and they began to argue. She reported the boyfriend battered her and left the area. The officer was not able to locate the suspect.
• A Socorro man reported a Truth or Consequences man was harassing him on Facebook. The officer was not able to locate the suspect.

Dec. 25

• A Socorro man reported his vehicle stolen approximately three months. The vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Dec. 26
• A Socorro woman reported about 3:32 a.m. that two suspects bullied a Socorro man and damaged the couple’s vehicle with rocks. The Socorro man said a suspect approached him and began hitting him for no reason, then damaged his vehicle. The officer was unable to locate the suspect.
• A Socorro woman was contacted about 12:55 p.m. for expired license plates. The officer noticed an odor of marijuana, but the woman denied permission to search the vehicle. The officer told the occupants of the car to exit so he could have the vehicle towed and complete a search warrant. As the woman got out of the car, the marijuana was located. The woman then allowed a search, saying there was no more marijuana in the vehicle. The officer completed the search and did not find any more narcotics. The woman was cited into court and released.
• A Socorro man was caught stealing merchandise at Walmart. He left the scene but was found at his residence with the merchandise. He was arrested and booked, and warned not to trespass at Walmart.
• An officer met with a Socorro man about 3:30 p.m., who said the suspect, another Socorro man, was inside his shed. The suspect said he was taking a shortcut through the property. The officer warned the suspect not to trespass on the other man’s property and released the suspect. The property owner said when he began checking the shed, he found footprints leading into the desert where he found his property. He showed another officer where he found the footprints and the stolen items. The officer prepared an arrest warrant.
• A Socorro man reported losing his license plate in the city. The plate was not found or returned.
• A Socorro woman said when her camper was parked at her friend’s home, an unknown suspect stole the hitch and damaged the window. The officer met with the friend, who said the woman was to remove the trailer by the following day. The friend said they had seen the damage earlier and attempted to report it.
• A Tucumcari man was contacted for suspicious activity about 11 p.m. During contact, the officer noticed signs of intoxication. The suspect completed a field sobriety test and was arrested. The suspect was advised of implied consent warning and refused a breath test. He was processed and booked into county jail.

Dec. 27
• An officer was dispatched to an argument about 8:20 a.m. and found two women arguing. The officer separated them, and the woman from San Antonio became loud. The officer arrested the San Antonio woman on warrants. As she was placed in handcuffs, she pulled away and another officer assisted. When the woman was booked into jail, officers found narcotics and paraphernalia on her.
• A Socorro woman was contacted about 10 a.m. regarding her dog running loose. A neighbor reported the woman’s dogs were trying to get in her property. The woman was cited into court.
• A Socorro man reported an unknown suspect entered his home and stole his wallet and $300 cash. The man noticed a transaction on his bank account at a business in T or C. He provided dates for transactions along with documents from the bank.
• A Socorro man reported at 10 p.m. when he returned home, he found his TV and guitar missing from the house. He did not see any signs of forced entry and was unable to provide a serial number for the stolen items. Missing are a 32-inch Toshiba television valued at $300 and a brown and tan Fender electric guitar valued at $200.

Dec. 28
• An officer conducted a traffic stop about 1:30 a.m. with a Socorro man, who failed a sobriety test. He was arrested and submitted to one breath test with a result of .13 alcohol content, but would not submit to a second sample. He was jailed.
• A San Antonio man stopped about 10 p.m. for an equipment violation was found to have a suspended or revoked license, with arrest clause, when his information was checked with the National Crime Information Center database. The man was arrested. During the tow inventory, the officer found narcotics in the vehicle. The inventory was stopped and the vehicle towed to the police department for a search warrant. The man was booked into jail.

Dec. 29
• An officer stopped a Lemitar man about 3:40 a.m. for parking in the roadway on an Interstate 25 on ramp. During the stop the man struck a road marker. The officer noticed signs of intoxication when he contacted the driver. The man was given field sobriety tests and arrested. During the tow inventory, the officer found marijuana in the vehicle. The vehicle was sealed for a search warrant. The man was advised of implied consent warning and refused a breath test. After a deprivation period, the man agreed to the breath test, with results of .18 and .18. He was processed and booked into jail.
• About 7:30 a.m., a Socorro woman reported the suspect, a Socorro man, called her wanting their child and told her if the child was not returned he would take the child and damage the residence. The suspect was contacted, and he said all children belonging were in the home. The officer told the suspect that with no custody papers, the child could not be removed at that time.
• An officer found an Alamo man highly intoxicated and in full public view by the Economy Inn. The officer arrested the man for his own safety and the safety of others. The man was booked and incarcerated.