Release Date:  03/21/2014

Incident Type: Daytime Burglary Suspects Arrested Thanks To Watchful Neighbors

Contact Person:  Daron Roach, Sergeant, (575-763-9427)

A pair of out of town men identified as 26 year old Andrew Melendez and 21 year old Christopher Luna were arrested Thursday, March 20, 2014 at around 1:30 PM by Clovis Police Officers responding to a report of a “Burglary In Progress” called in by neighbors near 1505 Fairway Terrace located in a Northeast Clovis neighborhood. Andrew Melendez was arrested on counts of Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy, and Larceny. Christopher Luna was arrested on counts of Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy, and Larceny after watchful neighbors’ contacted police immediately with suspect identifying information and suspect vehicle description upon seeing both suspects enter a neighbor’s house on Fairway Terrace in Clovis, while leaving the parked suspect vehicle in the alleyway.

Upon the arrival of Officers in the area, a Clovis Police Officer located the suspect walking in the backyard towards the residence. The Police Officers detained the suspect and found a white pickup truck sitting in the alley, as described by a reporting neighbor. The Officer was told there was a second suspect inside the residence and waited for secondary Officers to assist with clearing the home. The residence was cleared with no other suspects found. After the search was complete and Officers were conducting their investigation a male approached and claimed someone had taken his work vehicle. He described the work vehicle to be the pickup truck parked in the alley. A Clovis Police Officer was speaking with the detained suspect when he said the male approaching was his partner and had been inside the home. Officers detained the second suspect and both suspects were brought to the police department for questioning. Christopher Luna and Andrew Melendez both confessed to all charges. A gun safe key, knife, watch, and miscellaneous jewelry were found on the arrestees.

Clovis Police would like to remind citizens that this is a prime example that the crime fighting effort is a community team effort between concerned, watchful citizens and neighbors and police that resulted in the successful apprehension of two burglary suspects and the recovery of stolen property immediately.

Anyone having any information about suspected cases of Burglary are asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 or Citizens may use TipSoft to provide this information and remain anonymous. Text users can send their tip to: "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD. In other words, citizens can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to www.tipsubmit.com, or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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