Published: 4:23 pm, Fri. Feb. 10th, 2017Updated: 4:22 pm
Two Artesia men were arrested Thursday in connection with separate incidents of burglary and larceny.
Donald Earl Lawson, 55, of Artesia, was arrested at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in connection with a burglary that occurred early Wednesday morning at the Shop-N-Go, 306 N. 13th St.
Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched just before 6 a.m. Wednesday to the store, where the owner had arrived to find the burglary alarm activated.
The owner advised officers several boxes of cigarettes and lighters had been taken.
Initial investigation revealed the store had been accessed through an air-conditioning vent. Police were able to obtain surveillance video that showed a male with dark clothing falling through the vent to the ground just after 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Officers were able to identify the man as Lawson due to prior interactions.
Lawson was subsequently charged with fourth-degree-felony commercial burglary, criminal damage to property (under $1,000) and larceny (under $250).
At 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, officers arrested Ryan Morgan, 21, of Artesia, in connection with one auto burglary and several attempts to commit auto burglary on Christmas Day, 2016.
APD officers were dispatched Dec. 26, 2016, to a home in the 1600 block of Briscoe Avenue in reference to an auto burglary. The owner advised officers he had left the vehicle unlocked when he and his family left the home to visit relatives. Upon reviewing his surveillance system, the owner observed two males walking east through the neighborhood and attempting to open vehicle doors.
One male found the Chevrolet Tahoe unlocked at the residence and removed a box of ammunition as the second male kept watch and attempted to enter another vehicle parked in the driveway before entering the backseat of the Tahoe.
Officers were able to identify the first male as Morgan due to prior interactions. He is charged with auto burglary, four counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, and larceny (under $250).