Police blotter — April 27

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records:


• An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of South Main Street about 9:05 p.m. in reference to an auto burglary.

A man reported someone had stolen a car stereo, an XM Sirius radio and two car chargers from a Mitsubishi.

There were no suspects.


• An officer was sent to a store in the 1000 block of West Second Street in reference to someone shoplifting two 18-packs of beer.

Officers couldn’t locate the suspect vehicle. There were no suspects.


• Abut 9:15 a.m., an officer responded to a report of breaking and entering at a church in the 300 block of South Avenue F.

An interior door frame was damaged as a result of being kicked.

A 26-year-old woman gave the officer a time frame for the incident, and he collected fingerprints.

The case is inactive pending more information.

• An officer went to a church in the 900 block of East Second Street about 3:05 p.m. in response to a report of burglary.

A woman said between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 3:05 p.m. Sunday, someone stole a laptop with a crack in the lower left corner of the screen. The computer was valued at $500.


• About 8:25 a.m., an officer was doing security checks in the area of University Avenue and South Avenue G when he saw the gate to the property of a church in the area was open.

Upon inspection, he found the screens covering an east-facing window and a south-facing window had been placed on the ground under the windows. The screens were bent and appeared to have been forced off.

The south-facing window was open about an inch.

The officer discovered and photographed three footprints within four feet of the south window.

The officer contacted the pastor, who came to the church and unlocked the rear door. The officer made sure no one was in the building and escorted the pastor inside.

The pastor said nothing appeared to be disturbed or missing.

The pastor estimated the screens were worth about $50.

There were no suspects, and the case was inactive pending further information.

• An officer was sent to Rotary Park about 7:40 p.m. in reference to a stolen purse.

A 28-year-old man said he and his family left their Ford Explorer for baseball games for about 2 1/2 hours and returned to find the passenger window broken out and his wife’s purse gone from the floor board.

The window was worth about $150, and the purse contained five Social Security cards for the family, the man’s wallet, $50 in cash and a debit card.

There had been too much foot traffic to find the thief’s footprints, and a check of nearby trash cans didn’t reveal the purse.

• About 10:45 p.m., an officer responded to a report of a burglary at a church in the 1500 block of South Main Avenue.

The officer met with the pastor and a 47-year-old man.

The 47-year-old said he came to check on the church about 10:30 p.m. He found the glass window on the interior office door broken and the door open.

The man said he checked the rest of the church but saw no other damage and no one inside.

After checking the rest of the church, the officer didn’t find how the intruder had gained access.

The office, including a safe and desk drawers, appeared undisturbed. A second officer lifted a partial print from the door.

The reporting officer noted the 47-year-old may have arrived and scared the intruder away before anything was taken.