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Artesia police report arrest of burglary suspect


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ARTESIA ­­— The Artesia Police Department reports that Eric Austin is facing nine counts of burglary, along with larceny and criminal damage to property.

Court records show that he was charged and he entered no plea on all counts.

Those same court records show that the suspect also pled not guilty on two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest).

According to information supplied by APD Commander Lindell Smith, an officer was called to Guy Chevrolet on the afternoon of Jan. 22 at 101 W. Main St. for a burglary.

The officer was shown surveillance video by Edward Guy, the owner, and he was also shown a broken window on the west wall of the service area.

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The footage showed at approximately 3:08 a.m., a black Isuzu Rodeo pulled into the parking lot on the west side of the service area. Minutes later a subject is observed entering one of the bays. A 5 gallon gasoline can was taken from a table that sits by a rear door.

The same footage showed a suspect entering multiple vehicles and removing multiple items.

The suspect is also seen going into a small office area and is rummaging through several drawers.

The footage then shows the suspect entering more vehicles and removing some more items.

The suspect then leaves out a door on the westside of the dealership and then gets away in the parking area.

Police records said the vehicle headed west on Quay Avenue, it then ran across a concrete median and then entered the traffic circle heading the wrong way. The vehicle then turned south on Roselawn Avenue striking the center curb with the driver’s-side tires.

The next day, Jan. 23, a detective and a corporal are called to 1209 W. Missouri Ave. to some unrelated incidents, according to police records. They observed a black Isuzu Rodeo that appeared to be the one spotted in the video.

They then noticed damage to the vehicle and that the vehicle had a flat tire on the spare-tire carrier.

The police report indicates that Austin spoke with the corporal and said he changed the tire because he had gotten a flat. The damage appeared consistent with the vehicle striking a curb on the driver’s side, as was seen in the video. The damage was later photographed by police.

After speaking with the officials, they were given consent to search the vehicle. The report said they discovered some items that were observed in the video and they also noticed that the suspect was wearing a navy blue hooded coat that was identical in appearance to the one the suspect wore in the video.

According to the police report, Austin’s build matched the suspect in the video.

The stolen items were valued at $1,794 and the total damage caused was $383, according to the police report.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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