Clovis man charged with starting fire

Freedom New Mexico

Police arrested a 24-year-old Clovis man on Monday in connection with a 2004 fire at the Clovis Bender Chevrolet Dealership, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department.

Aaron Quinones is charged with breaking into the dealership to steal money from a safe, starting a fire that caused $1.5 million in damages, and stealing a vehicle, according to police.

According to the release:

• Quinones was previously arrested for the arson, but the charges were later dismissed without prejudice by the district attorney’s office due to a lack of evidence.

• New evidence has been brought forward in case. Quinones admitted to a witness that he had broken into the dealership to steal money from the safe and when that was unsuccessful he set the fire in an attempt to hide the burglary.

• The stolen vehicle was recovered shortly after the fire and burglary were discovered on Oct. 23, 2004.

Quinones is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

Police originally arrested Quinones about a month after the fire when Clovis police detectives matched shoe prints taken from the scene with Quinones’ shoes, court records show.