Police blotter — May 9

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

About 2 a.m. April 19 an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of Martin Street for a report of a structure fire.

On arrival the officer observed a pickup truck on fire in the carport and noted the fire was spreading to the roof of the residence.

The officer knocked on the windows of the residence and woke a male resident, who then exited the home with his family.

The fire was extinguished and a fire investigator told the officer there was a possibility it was an arson.

The investigation was classified as ongoing.


Around 6 p.m. April 19 an officer responded to a business in the 1900 block of North Prince Street for a report of theft.

A clerk told the officer a customer was at the business making payment arrangements on a debt.

She said she went to the back of the store to get something and when she returned she saw the customer reaching in her cash drawer. When he realized she was there, she said he closed the drawer and turned around, stuffing money in his pockets.

The clerk said she told him to give her the money or she would call police and he gave her the money but when she counted it, it was $10 short.

She said he told her he did not have the $10 and walked out the door and her manager advised her to report the incident to police.


Around 2 p.m. April 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Fireball Drive for a report of a fire.

A man said he was in his house and heard a commotion outside. When he went outside, he saw some male subjects spraying water on a fire with a garden hose.

The officer spoke to one of the males, who said he was walking by and saw smoke from behind the residence and when he walked around the house, he discovered the porch was on fire.

He said he and his friends then began working to put the fire out.

A fire investigator ruled the fire was accidental.


About 10 p.m. April 23 an officer responded to a business in the 3000 block of North Prince Street for a report of criminal damage.

A manager told the officer a pick up truck had been seen running into shopping carts in the parking lot and showed him a cart that had been dented up.

The cart was valued around $250.

The suspect could not be located.