RPD arrests, charges camera-thefts suspect

April 9, 2011 • Local News

Nathanial Mascarenas, 25, was apprehended Thursday evening after the Roswell Police Department received a call about a suspicious subject.

Officers tracked him from 2725 N. Pennsylvania Ave., to Dollar General, 2712 N. Main St., where he was arrested without incident. Mascarenas was wanted in connection with the series of thefts at the Just Chillin’ Ice and Water, located in the Roswell Mall parking lot.

He is charged with one count of larceny over $250, and three counts of larceny less then $250, the possession of burglary tools, tampering with evidence and [auth] criminal damage.

Just Chillin’ had been the victim of several thefts starting in November when RPD responded to a call about a male subject removing two Defender Digital Security cameras, valued at $250, from the top of the building.

On Feb. 21, the suspect was caught on surveillance video wandering around the building. He climbed up the side of the building and broke the camera, worth $150, from the wall mount.

On Feb. 22, the suspect was again caught on camera before he removed three surveillance cameras, with a total value of $450. The final incident occurred on March 3, when the suspect removed another Defender camera, breaking a clamp in the process, for a total of six cameras in three months’ time. In all but one of the incidents, video footage was obtained.

The video footage was released to the Daily Record and published in Roswell’s Most Wanted on March 8. By March 12, investigators received a tip which placed Mascarenas at a Roswell motel.

Officers went to the motel and found Mascarenas hiding in the shower. He was positively identified by his tattoos, which appeared on surveillance footage.

He was arrested on unrelated, outstanding warrants. According to the criminal complaint, after receiving the Miranda warning, Mascarenas was advised that he had been caught on camera.

He admitted that he had removed one camera and used its parts to try to catch someone who had been stealing his property. He made bond on the outstanding municipal charges.

Mascarenas is currently being held at Chaves County Detention Center. Bond is set at $10,000 cash surety.

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