Published: 1:34 pm, Sun. Sep. 30th, 2018Updated: 1:32 pm
An Artesia man was bound over to district court last week on charges relating to the burglary of a local restaurant.
At approximately 1:22 p.m. Sept. 19, an Artesia Police Department officer was dispatched to Adobe Rose in reference to a burglary.
The owner informed police the business had been broken into twice, at 4:30 a.m. Sept. 18 and again at 5:30 a.m. Sept. 19.
Surveillance video of the crimes was available and showed, on Sept. 18, a male subject removing a cash drawer containing approximately $12 in change from the outdoor bar area.
The suspect cut the wiring on the drawer, with an estimated replacement cost of $250. The man was also carrying a duffel bag and filled it with beer from the bar area.
The same suspect returned to the restaurant the next morning and was seen moving a wine refrigerator from an area near the bar to a table and a large television from a stand near the outdoor stage before taking a speaker from beneath the TV.
At that time, the suspect took the speaker – the estimated value of which was $200 – but left the TV and refrigerator behind. Two hours later, however, he returned in a pickup. The man was observed carrying the TV toward the east side of the building. The scene was subsequently processed for fingerprints and DNA.
Police proceeded to issue a BOLO for the Nissan the suspect had been driving prior to returning in a pickup, and the vehicle was located in the 1500 block of West Hank Avenue. The car was registered to an individual residing in Texas, who gave police permission to search it.
The individual in possession of the car was identified as Cody Witt, 19, of Artesia. As police were examining the vehicle, an acquaintance exited a nearby apartment and was asked by police to summon Witt. Through the open door, officers could see a Marshall speaker and flat-screen TV up against a wall inside the apartment.
According to the criminal complaint, Witt admitted to taking the items from Adobe Rose but that the drinks removed from the bar area were sodas, not beer. Police retrieved the speaker and television from the apartment, along with the damaged cash box from a bag in the Nissan and a XLR-type cable Witt also stated he had taken from the restaurant.
Witt was subsequently arrested on charges of three counts of felony burglary, one count of larceny (over $500 but not more than $2,500), a fourth-degree felony, one count of petty misdemeanor larceny ($250 or less), and one count of receiving stolen property (over $500 but not more than $2,500).
He was bound over last week to district court on the first five charges; the receiving stolen property charge was dismissed by the prosecutor. A trial date has not yet been set.
Witt pleaded no contest in June to charges of larceny ($250 or less) and criminal damage to property (under $1,000) and was sentenced to probation. Charges of two counts of forgery, identity theft, possession of a controlled substance, and concealing identity filed in May were all dismissed by the prosecutor.