Teen accused of stealing gun, exotic cigars in burglary
CARLSBAD A Carlsbad teen is facing felony charges after authorities say he burglarized a local home, stealing a gun and numerous boxes of exotic cigars.
Ian Brian King, 18, of the 1500 block of Jefferson Street, was arraigned Tuesday in Magistrate Court on charges of aggravated burglary and larceny over $20,000. He is being held in the Eddy County Detention Center in lieu of a $20,000 cash-only bond.
King was arrested on Sunday after the Eddy County Sheriff's Department was contacted about a residential burglary in the 200 block of East Orchard Lane.
According to a criminal complaint, deputies Kelly Calicoat and Trey Thompson arrested King after he was reportedly chased by a resident who believed King had entered his house earlier in the day through a bathroom window and burglarized the home.
The suspect is accused of stealing at least 14 boxes of exotic cigars, a cigar humidor, jewelry, a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, money, fishing gear, golf clubs and bags, DVDs and power tools. The value of the property has been estimated at more than $20,000.
According to the complaint, when King was questioned by deputies about the burglary, he allegedly admitted he went into the home and stole the items. He told deputies he sold some of the items, and gave others away, the complaint states.
On Monday, deputies along with the sheriff's department Tactical Response Team and agents of the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force executed search warrants in the 100 block of South Cypress Street, the 1100 block of North Thomas Street and the 1900 block of Solana Street. They recovered an estimated $9,585 in stolen property at the homes, deputies said.
More than 14 boxes of cigars were recovered from King's mother's home in the 1000 block of Spring Street, the complaint states.
Sheriff Kent Waller said in a press release on Tuesday that the department is continuing to search for additional stolen items from the burglary, and from other burglaries in Eddy County.
Waller is encouraging anyone with any information about the burglary to contact Investigator Richard Sillas at 887-7551 or Eddy County Crimestoppers at 887-1888.
Source: Carlsbad Current Argus