Published: 1:00 pm, Wed. Dec. 7th, 2016Updated: 2:40 pm
An Artesia man was arrested Sunday on several charges in connection with multiple auto burglaries.
Officers with the Artesia Police Department were dispatched just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday to the 2100 block of West Clayton Avenue in reference to an auto burglary. Officers were informed the victim was holding the suspect at gunpoint.
As officers neared the home, they were advised the subject had escaped and was running west down Clayton Avenue. He was subsequently located in a backyard in the 2300 block of West Runyan Avenue and officially identified as Anthony Rugg, 27, of Artesia.
Officers made contact with the victims, who stated they had been watching football when they noticed someone entering a pickup outside. They confronted the subject, whom they recognized as Rugg due to having “seen him around” from time to time, and one of the victims held him briefly at gunpoint while calling 911. After putting the gun back inside, however, Rugg ran from the scene.
A witness in the neighborhood told police he had seen Rugg run into the alley along Runyan Avenue and drop a backpack into a dumpster. The witness retrieved the backpack and returned it to the scene.
Inside the backpack were three New Mexico driver’s licenses, three debit cards, and one credit card issued to three separate victims, all of whom reported auto burglaries Sunday morning. Officers also retrieved two glass pipes. A third pipe was found in Rugg’s pocket during his arrest.
Rugg was subsequently charged with auto burglary, larceny (under $250) for the removal of a hat and lottery tickets from the pickup in the 2100 block of Clayton, three counts of possession of stolen property, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
He has been scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. preliminary examination Dec. 14 in Artesia Magistrate Court.