Published: 3:00 pm, Tue. Sep. 3rd, 2019
ARTESIA — An Artesia man out on bond for multiple counts of burglary and larceny was arrested early this morning after breaking into a local business.
Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched around 9:30 p.m. Monday to AB Enterprise, 1212 N. First St., in reference to a breaking and entering in progress.
Upon arrival, police met with the shop’s owner, who advised he had arrived to find his glass screen door shattered and a black backpack outside near the door. The owner did not enter the building.
Officers approached a garage door on the north side of the business and were able to hear shuffling sounds. Upon making entry, they encountered a male subject, who began to resist as police attempted to detain him. A Taser was deployed, but the subject continued to resist.
Officers were eventually able to subdue the subject and move him outside. Inside the garage, police noticed an orange hammer with a broken handle lying on the floor near where the man had been. The male, later identified as Abel Fuentes Ibanez, 25, of Artesia, was wearing red-and-white cloth gloves and a bandana around his neck, and upon a search of his person, police found a crescent wrench, long bolt, bandana, pocketknife, and box cutter.
According to the criminal complaint, as police were speaking with the business owner, Ibanez stated he had broken the screen door and entered the shop, and was sorry.
The business owner informed police he had had another breaking and entering incident occur Sunday evening and had reported it Monday afternoon. The front door had just been replaced that day due to extensive damage.
Police also found a green metal bar lying on a water fountain inside the door. Neither that nor the hammer belonged to the business owner.
Ibanez was subsequently arrested on charges of breaking and entering, residential burglary, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. He has yet to be arraigned on those charges but was out on bond on charges of six counts of residential burglary, two counts of larceny ($250 or less), five counts of larceny (over $500 but not more than $2,500), one count of larceny (over $2,500 but not more than $20,000), burglary of a vehicle, and criminal damage to property (under $1,000) stemming from a string of burglaries committed last month in the Morningside area.
Ibanez remains scheduled to appear for preliminary examination Sept. 11 before Judge Jimmy C. Foster in Artesia Magistrate Court on those charges.