Local Roundup: Police report burglary spike

CNJ staff

In recent days there have been several burglaries to sheds and outbuildings, according to a press release from Clovis Police.

The burglaries appear to be crimes of opportunity where the perpetrators have found outbuildings adjacent to alleyways, the release said.

Police recommend residents secure buildings with a quality hasp and deadbolt, the release said.

To report suspicious activity call 769-1921 or in an emergency dial 911.

Guardsman’s death not criminal matter
Friday’s death of a sergeant with the New Mexico National Guard is not being investigated as a criminal matter, a spokesman said.

Benjamin Griego, 26, was found dead in his quarters at White Sands Missile Range.

“The circumstances surrounding Sgt. Benjamin Griego’s death, although unexpected, are not criminal in nature,” guard spokesman Maj. Ken Nava said Tuesday.

“The New Mexico National Guard joins his family in mourning his untimely passing.”

Army officials are investigating, Nava said, which is customary in the event of an unexpected or untimely death.

Griego, a Clovis native, was working as an instructor at White Sands firing range, the National Guard said previously.

Griego traveled from Santa Fe to White Sands once a month for about a week to conduct what’s known as a warrior transition course. The course helps Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard members transition to the Army.