Las Cruces man charged with burglarizing neighbors' home
Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — Las Cruces Police have arrested and charged a 34-year-old man with aggravated burglary and theft of a credit card after they allege he broke into a neighbors' home and stole credit cards and jewelry from the residence.
LCPD was called to a home in the 700 block of Del Monte on April 7, 2014 after an alert neighbor saw a man climb through the window of a home. When officers arrived at the home, they discovered that it was empty but a .22 caliber rifle was sitting on the sofa inside.
The homeowners arrived home shortly after and confirmed to police that the rifle was indeed theirs, but that it was normally kept inside a bedroom in the home. The homeowners went through their home and discovered several credit cards missing, along with jewelry and other items were located near their front door as though the burglar was planning on taking them.
Witnesses were able to provide police with a description of the man who was later identified as 34-year-old Joshua D. McKinney. Police also learned that McKinney lived in the apartment complex behind the victims' home.
McKinney denied any involvement in the burglary. However, police were also able to learn that someone tried to use one of the stolen credit cards to purchase gas at a local Pic Quick store, but the transaction was denied because the credit card had an expired date.
Surveillance footage from the Pic Quick showed a man who appeared to be McKinney driving up to the pumps, swiping the stolen credit card and then leaving without getting any gas.
McKinney was arrested April 11, 2014 and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on aggravated burglary and theft of a credit card charges, his bond was set at $10,000.