Ernesto Martinez, 38, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the burglaries of two units at Storage Nest, 1202 W. Hobbs St. Estimated losses in each burglary were $25,000 and $17,850 respectively. The warrant was served at the Chaves County Detention Center where Martinez is being held on a previous warrant.
Martinez is now charged with receiving the stolen property valued at more than $2,500 and less than $20,000, and with tampering with evidence. The breakthrough came when detectives at the Roswell Police Department were serving Martinez with an arrest warrant for failure to appear and they smelled marijuana at his residence.
During the initial press conference, Travis Holley said, â€œThis got them into the house, and they recognized some of the items from burglaries they were investigating.â€ A total of three search warrants were served after making these observations, netting eight truckand- trailer loads of stolen items.
â€œAccording to our officers, the subjects fully furnished their home and the only thing left after the warrants was their clothes,â€ Holley said.
The detectives confiscated some $33,000 in stolen goods, which were put on display on Jan. 17 and 18 at RPD warehouse at the Unity Center, 1500 W. College Blvd. Police suspect the confiscated goods came from a number of different burglaries. Some of the victims had already claimed their goods before the viewing.
The display, though, helped reunite eight more burglary victims with their possessions. It also yielded additional burglary reports. With the information obtained during the viewing, Detectives Keith Rightsell and Albert Aldano were able to draw up the final criminal complaint for the arrest warrant.