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Man charged in vehicle burglaries

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Police arrested a man Saturday in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries in west Roswell.

Ryan Shipman (Submitted Photo)

A press release issued by Roswell police Monday states that Ryan Shipman, 21, of Roswell, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday when police were dispatched to the 800 block of West Albuquerque Street after a man was reportedly seen attempting to break into a vehicle.

Officers allegedly witnessed the man — later identified as Shipman — exiting a van in the area of Alameda Street and Ohio Avenue, court records state. Though he briefly was able to flee officers, he was soon found and detained.

Shipman is charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle, and one count each of aggravated burglary, deadly weapon; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, in connection with three of seven burglaries that have been reported in the area since Nov. 3, the same area where Shipman lives.

All but one of those burglaries happened in a section of the city bordered by West Second Street to the north, West Summit Street on the south, South Sycamore Avenue on the the west, and South Wyoming Avenue on the east, according to the press release. The other happened several blocks east of the area.

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In the burglaries cash, wallets, a tablet computer, a camera, jewelry, headphones, sunglasses and a child’s car seat were reported stolen.

The burglaries Shipman is charged in connection with happened Nov. 3, 5 and 11, and in one them a handgun is alleged to have been stolen, court records state.

Shipman could also possibly face additional charges.

“The possibility remains Shipman could face additional charges if further investigation produces evidence that links him to some of the other cases for which reports have been filed by victims wishing to pursue charges,” the press release states.

The press release states the RPD urges people to lock their doors and not leave any valuable items inside their vehicles.

According to court documents, Shipman admitted to police that he had been breaking into vehicles around his residence for two weeks since losing his job.

“Mr. Shipman acknowledged on several occasions he knew what he was doing was wrong and even showed an understanding of the severity of his actions,” the court records state.

Police later executed a search warrant on Shipman’s residence, where a backpack was found. According to court records, items found in the backpack included a white gold necklace with a heart pendant, four pairs of EarPods and two pairs of sunglasses.

However, Shipman denied having taken a handgun that was reported stolen in one of the burglaries.

Electronic court records state that at a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court Monday, Judge E.J. Fouratt released Shipman on his own recognizance.

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

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