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Four caught after multiple vehicle break-ins

Cash, cards and Dr Pepper — it was a productive night for four young would-be car marauders in southeast Clovis until police caught up with them. (MGN Online)

The Staff of The News | Eastern New Mexico News

CLOVIS, N.M. — Cash, cards and Dr Pepper — it was a productive night for four young would-be car marauders in southeast Clovis until police caught up with them.

Following word late Thursday night of multiple vehicle break-ins near Sixth and Weatherford streets, police located 18-year old Gabriel Antonio-Castro of Clovis driving with three juveniles (ages 16 and 17) in a black 2006 Honda Accord.

Inside, police found three two-liter bottles of Dr Pepper, a “large wad of cash,” and three debit cards that corresponded to items reported missing that night from nearby vehicles, including $1,500 in rent money.

All four individuals were detained, and Antonio-Castro ultimately “admitted that he entered at least four different vehicles” and “that all four of the subjects were involved in these burglaries.”

Antonio-Castro was arrested early Friday and charged with three counts each of vehicle burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, fourth-degree felonies.

He was also charged with two counts of larceny, and was released from jail on personal recognizance pending a court date next week.

He has been conditionally appointed a public defender.

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