Published: 2:47 pm, Wed. Mar. 15th, 2017Updated: 2:46 pm
An Artesia man was arrested early Wednesday morning on multiple charges in relation to an auto burglary, the result of quick cooperation between night clerks at a pair of local hotels.
Officers with the Artesia Police Department were dispatched just after midnight Wednesday to Pecos Inn in reference to the burglary. Police were told the two males responsible had run east on Main Street toward Eagle Draw.
After being spotted by one officer under the Eagle Draw bridge on Main just west of 20th Street, the suspects ran south through the Draw and east toward Fenn’s Country Market, at which time a second officer was able to order them into compliance.
According to the night clerk at Pecos Inn, a call had been received from the clerk at Legacy Inn across the street advising someone was attempting to enter vehicles in the Pecos Inn parking lot. The Legacy Inn clerk told police she had observed the suspects trying the handles on two vehicles in a side lot before moving to the front of the hotel.
That’s when the Pecos Inn clerk spotted them inside a white Ford pickup with its driver’s-side door ajar. She yelled, and the suspects ran.
During voluntary questioning, the first suspect, identified as Jorge Alberto Rodriguez III, 18, of Artesia, told police he and his accomplice, a 16-year-old juvenile, had been trying door handles and did gain entry to the white Ford.
Rodriguez was subsequently charged with auto burglary, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.