Police investigating string of home invasion robberies

PNT Staff Report

Portales police believe armed home invasions within a block of each other Friday and Sunday are related, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.

Berry said the method of entry was identical and the descriptions of the suspects are similar. He said the homes targeted appear to be random.
Two males in their 20s were injured Sunday night during a home invasion in the 1500 block of South Globe, according to Berry.

Five subjects entered the home at 11 p.m. and two of the residents were struck in the head with a handgun, Berry said.

“The residents were treated at the scene by our local EMS crew,” Berry said. “They later took a personal vehicle to Roosevelt General Hospital.”

A vehicle stolen from the residence was later recovered on the Airbase Highway (N.M. 467), Berry said. It appeared the vehicle was involved in an accident.

“We have the vehicle and it is being processed by our investigators,” Berry said.

The first incident occurred at 11 p.m. Friday at a residence on the 1200 block of Libra Drive, Berry said.

Three subjects entered and stole a vehicle from the residence.

“Nobody was hurt in this robbery, but like the second robbery, a vehicle was stolen from the residence,” Berry said. “The vehicle was recovered Saturday in Clovis.”

Berry said Portales Police are collaborating with Curry County and Clovis law enforcement but would not confirm if there is a connection to two similar recent home invasions in Curry County.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a home invasion July 21 on Curry Road 6 involving three male victims in their late teens and early 20s, one of whom was struck in the head with a firearm. A vehicle was taken from that residence as well.

A Clovis home on Sheldon Street was invaded early Friday morning and two vehicles taken from the victims, police have said.