Five facing theft, drug charges

Freedom New Mexico

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people for theft and another on drug charges within seven days, according to a news release from the office.

Chief Deputy Malin Parker said authorities believe all six people were attempting to get money for drugs.

According to the release and Parker:

• Ty Wheeler, 33, who moves among Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties, is charged with burglarizing a home, a third-degree felony.

On June 23, a citizen reported a suspicious man coming from a remote home near Milnesand, carrying items to a vehicle parked by the road. The citizen provided a detailed description of the man and his vehicle as well as a direction of travel.

Deputies found the house had been broken into and items packaged to be removed.

Wheeler was located and arrested in Lea County within an hour. He was booked into Lea County Detention Center on an outstanding Lea County warrant and later charged with the burglary.

Small items were taken from the house, and the victim has not been able to look at property found in Wheeler’s vehicle to identify it.

Wheeler remained jailed without bond.

• Four 17-year-old Roosevelt County boys were arrested on charges of stealing well casing from a dairy owner.

On June 23, a woman reported seeing four males loading pipe from a field in the county. She gave a detailed description of the subjects and their vehicle, and followed them until deputies caught up to the vehicle.

During interviews, the boys admitted to taking well casing as well as several other thefts. They were released to their parents as per instruction from the juvenile probation office.

More charges against the four are anticipated.

• Homer Kingston, 49, who has addresses in Portales and Clovis, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Deputies also found items used for stealing copper wire and pipe in his vehicle.

On June 28, the sheriff’s office was told a man was pulling a pipe trailer and acting suspicious at a very early hour in the county. Deputies acquired a detailed description and found the vehicle.

They spoke with Kingston and learned he was out on bond after being charged with a previous scrap metal theft. In his vehicle, they found all the tools necessary for stealing copper wire and pipes, as well as carpet padding on the trailer to muffle the sound of removing pipes.

Deputies also found a small amount of methamphetamine and a pipe used to smoke it. They didn’t find any stolen scrap metal.

Kingston remained at Roosevelt County Detention Center on a $6,500 cash-only bond.