Clovis Burglary Suspect Tentatively Connected to Other Burglary and Arson Cases
The weekend robbery of a gun store in Clovis, New Mexico, led police to arrest one man who, they said, may have committed a series of other burglaries and arsons.
Clovis police received a burglar alarm activation call from the Maveric Sport and Tactical Gun Store just before 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Officers said they arrived before the owner and determined the suspect entered the building via a skylight. The owner said more than 20 handguns, one rifle and assorted ammunition had been taken.
The first officer on the scene said they saw a pink 1960’s model car leaving the scene which officers were not able to locate that night. Detectives found blood evidence from the suspect as well as surveillance footage at the scene, said police.
The department said one of their officers located the suspect vehicle unoccupied but running in the parking lot of Hasting’s around 4:45 p.m. before locating the owner Stephen Baker a short time later.
Baker spoke with detectives about the robbery and a subsequent search of his home revealed several of the stolen guns and evidence potentially linking Baker to last month’s Gebo’s burglary, said police. Subsequent questioning led police to suspect Baker’s involvement in two arson fires at Johnson Lumber and the Clovis Livestock Yard’s hay barn in February.
Baker, 19, has so far been charged with receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Baker is being held in the Curry County Adult Detention Center in Clovis with bail set at $16,500.
Police continue to investigate and said they are seeking at least one accomplice in the Gebo’s burglary and arson cases.