Holiday crimes down

PNT staff

Christmas holiday crimes were down this year in Roosevelt County and Portales.

Portales police reported 14 cases between Dec. 23 through Dec. 28, which is less than half of 2008’s numbers for that period. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said the department had one criminal damage report.

“It was a chain link fence, which more than likely it could have been part of an accident,” Berry said. “The type of things we dealt with over the holidays were… domestic disputes.”

Two of the four domestic dispute cases were verbal. Berry said while no crime took place, police still document them.

Arrests were made in the other two cases, Berry said.

Last year, Police worked 32 cases, which included seven domestics, four burglaries and three criminal damage cases.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reported nine total cases, down by one from last year.

Sheriff’s deputies handled two DWIs, two domestic family disputes, two violations of a court orders, burglary and animal complaints. Arrests were made in the DWIs and one of domestic disputes.

Sheriff Darren Hooker said they had no criminal mischief cases in the county over the Christmas holiday weekend.