Cops & courts: Would-be robbers foiled by undercover cops

A possible robbery attempt was foiled Wednesday when the would-be robbers inadvertently made contact with two undercover police officers, according to a press release from the police department.

The officers were conducting surveillance related to another case about 11 p.m. when two subjects approached and tapped on the window of their vehicle.

According to the press release, the officers stepped out of the vehicle and started questioning the subjects. One of the subjects, a juvenile, was carrying a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun in his sleeve, police officials said Thursday. A black ski mask was also in the possession of one of the subjects, the press release showed.

The juvenile subject was taken into custody for carrying a deadly weapon, concealing identity and possession of drug paraphernalia, the press release showed. The other subject was not arrested, police officials said.

Police said this case was not connected to two recent armed robbery incidents March 24 and March 26.

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Police arrested a Clovis man Wednesday and charged with a vehicle theft.

Reported stolen from a Clovis business a day earlier, the vehicle was located at Lake Conchas north of Tucumcari by New Mexico State Police. Three subjects were located in the vehicle and were taken into custody for possession of stolen property.

Jesus Trevizo, 21, who had been living in Clovis about two months, was arrested for the theft and was taken to the Quay County Detention Center, police said.

The two other subjects were detained for questioning but later released, police officials said.

As of Saturday, Trevizo had not been transferred to the Curry County Adult Detention Center.

According to a police press release, a employee of a Clovis floral shop had just arrived at work when a man approached her and took her keys from her hand. The suspect got into the victim’s car and drove away, the press release said.

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The Clovis Police Department held a promotional ceremony on Friday at the Clovis Carver Library.

The following officers were promoted at the ceremony:
• Daniel Blair, deputy chief of police.

• Ron Hutchison, promoted to captain.

• Jay Longley, Roger Grah and Richard Johnson, lieutenant.

• Robert Denney, Kirk Roberts, Jerry Wike and Douglas Ford, sergeant.

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Clovis Police Department Lt. Patrick Whitney graduated March 18 from the FBI National Academy.

Whitney was one of 244 law enforcement officers who graduated from the academy at Quantico, Va., in March, a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice showed.

The academy offers 10 weeks of advanced investigation, management and fitness training for selected officers with proven records of professionalism within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of experience, the press release showed.

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Kirstie Saiz, 29, of Clovis was found guilty of trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, and sentenced to five years in jail. Saiz was arrested in July after selling cocaine to undercover officers, the district attorney’s press release showed. Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case.

Also, the office announced that Charles Bishop, 20, was found guilty on two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, and was sentenced to three years in jail. Bishop was arrested in March of 2004 after selling methamphetamine to undercover officers, the press release showed.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: david_irvin@link.freedom.com