April 20, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports:

Around midnight Tuesday officers were dispatched to a business in the 1000 block of North Prince Street for a report of arson.

Firefighters were working to extinguish a shed behind an unoccupied restaurant that was fully engulfed in flames.

A witness said he had seen a group of males that looked like teens gathered around the shed and smoke coming from the group. He said he had dismissed it because he thought they were smoking.

The officer took identifying information on the suspects.

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About 2 p.m. Tuesday an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of Seventh Street for a criminal damage report.

The manager said she arrived to find a lock had been cut off a storage unit and the items inside removed.

She said the day before she had discovered someone had filled the unit with items without permission, so she locked it.

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Around 8 p.m. Tuesday an officer was dispatched to a store in the 3000 block of Prince for a report of shoplifting.

A clerk said a man stole two 30-packs of beer. She gave the officer a description of the man and the vehicle he was in.

About an hour later the officer saw a vehicle matching the description in the area of Seventh and Mitchell Streets and conducted a traffic stop for a burned out license plate light.

The passenger of the vehicle, who matched the description of the suspect, admitted he stole the beer and had already given the beer away to satisfy a debt.

He was issued a citation for shoplifting.

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About 9 p.m. Tuesday an officer responded to a business in the 1000 block of Mabry Drive for a minor in possession of alcohol.

A woman said she had come to the business to check up on her 16-year-old daughter and had found a bottle of brandy under the driver’s seat of the girl’s car.

The girl admitted the alcohol was hers but refused to say where it came from.

The officer stated intentions to consult the district attorney’s office about obtaining an arrest warrant.

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Police blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or: e-mail to: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com