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Suspects arrested in vehicle thefts

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Four people accused of stealing vehicles in two unrelated incidents were arrested Friday morning in Roswell, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

West Brasher

Alexander Greene and Desiree Linares, both 24 and from Roswell, were arrested early Friday in connection with the burglary of a 500 block West Brasher Road trailer home and theft of a vehicle belonging to the home’s resident Thursday night.

Greene and Linares are each charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and conspiracy to commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Greene also faces two more criminal counts: aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, the release states.

According to court documents filed Friday morning in Chaves County Magistrate Court, Greene, who the female resident of the burglarized trailer home said is an old friend of hers, and Linares had come to her home and began knocking on the front door.

The resident then fled out the back door before Greene and Linares allegedly forced open the door, and damaged a $1,000 70-inch screen TV before Greene allegedly found the keys to the woman’s blue Chevy Monte Carlo and drove away with it.

Linares soon afterward sent the resident a text message that read “hahahaha.”

A short time later, police spotted the Monte Carlo near the intersection of Southeast Main and Hobbs streets, according to the press release. A police unit attempted to initiate a stop of the Monte Carlo but Greene kept driving until he stopped the vehicle in the 1100 block of East Beech Street. Greene was arrested after he got out of the Monte Carlo and tried to run into a nearby home.

Police later learned Greene was intoxicated.

Linares, who was also later arrested, told police she and Greene had gone to the house after the home’s resident invited them and another female for a drink. According to the court documents, she said Greene became frustrated when they knocked and no one answered. She said he then kicked open the door, went inside and that Greene then took the Monte Carlo.

Bond for Greene and Linares was set at $10,000 cash or surety Friday following a hearing in Magistrate Court.

North Washington

Hours later, Fernando Ortega, 18, of Roswell, and a juvenile male, were arrested for allegedly stealing a Dodge Ram pickup truck Friday at 3:40 a.m. in the 2700 block of North Washington Avenue, according to the release.

An officer located the pickup about an hour after the theft was reported near the intersection of East College Boulevard and North Garden Avenue, according to the release.

The officer pursued the pickup, but eventually had to stop for public safety reasons, the release states.

The pickup was later found unoccupied in an area east of Alameda and Hinkle streets. An officer later found Ortega and the juvenile suspect in a yard north of where the pickup was left.

When an officer later found Ortega and the juvenile in the yard, they were ordered to show their hands. The juvenile complied but Ortega allegedly began running north toward a field.

According to court documents, Ortega was then seen taking a set of keys that were around his neck and throwing them to the ground before he stopped and put his hands up.

Ortega, the release states, is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, vehicle burglary, conspiracy to commit vehicle burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The juvenile was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Ortega and the juvenile are both suspects in multiple vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries.

Bond was set for Ortega at $10,000 cash or surety following a Friday appearance in Magistrate Court.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com