Portales man charged with auto burglary

Freedom New Mexico

A Portales man has been charged with auto burglary after police say they found stolen property in his pockets.

Matthew Myers, 24, is charged with retaining stolen property and two counts of auto burglary, both felonies, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from Portales Police Department.

According to police reports:

• An officer was turning onto South Avenue E from West 14th Street about 12:15 a.m. Friday when his headlights illuminated a white 2007 Honda, and he observed a man leave the vehicle and quickly walk south.

• The officer began to relay that information to dispatch and other officers when the man began to run, went through a yard and climbed a chain-link fence.

• An Eastern New Mexico University officer took the man into custody when the man came toward him at the corner of West 15th Street and South Avenue E.

• The man fought against officers, and several helped secure him.

• The officer identified the man as Myers. They found an insurance card and loan paper belonging to an auto burglary victim in his pockets.

• They also found in Myers’ possession wire nuts and caps, black plastic pieces that appeared to be part of a car stereo mounting system, change, a blue LED flashlight and a small notebook with “Cadillac” on it.

• An officer spoke with the man at the house where the Honda was. The man said nothing seemed to be missing from the vehicle, but gave the officer a Cadillac owners manual that was left in the car.

• Officers checked the area and found a 1995 Cadillac in the 600 block of South Avenue E. The vehicle was unlocked, and the stereo had been pulled out of the dash.

Officers found the owner of the Cadillac. He said his owners manual was missing, and his description of it matched the one located in the Honda.

• An officer found no fingerprints on the Cadillac and took the car stereo to send to the crime lab for fingerprint analysis.

Saturday evening, Myers remained in Roosevelt County Detention Center in lieu of a $12,500 cash-only bond.