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Clovis man arrested, charged in gun thefts, arson

Published: Mar. 16, 2015 at 7:09 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2015 at 3:09 PM CDT
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Provided by Curry County Detention Center

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, at approximately 3:29 am, the Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received a Burglar Alarm Activation call indicating movement in the store for Maveric Sport and Tactical Gun Store located at 3204 N. Axtell Street in Clovis.

Clovis Police Officers arrived on the scene to find entry had been made to the gun store from the roof through a skylight. The gun store owner arrived a few minutes later and reported to Officers at the scene that over 20 handguns and at least one rifle had been stolen along with assorted ammunition.

As the first Officer was arriving on scene, a pink in color older 1960's model car was seen leaving the area. An immediate attempt at locating the vehicle by other responding Officers was unsuccessful. A Detective was dispatched to process the scene for evidence. Blood evidence from a suspect was found at the scene in the gun store as well as digital video surveillance evidence.

Later in the day on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at approximately 4:42 pm, a Clovis Police Officer located a suspect vehicle matching the older model 1960's pink in color car in the Hasting's parking lot at 1925 N. Prince Street.

The vehicle was running and had been left unoccupied. A short time later the owner/driver of the vehicle, Stephen Baker, was located and consented to speak with Detectives in the Maveric Gun Store Burglary case. Subsequent search of Stephen Baker's home, located on Mercury Street in Clovis, revealed several of the stolen guns from the Maveric Gun Store Burglary, as well as evidence linking back to the burglary and theft at Gebo's Store of several guns, which occurred on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

Further questioning of suspect Stephen Baker led to the revelation of also setting the fires at Johnson Lumber Store in Clovis as well as the fire set in a hay barn at the Clovis Livestock Auction area off of South Hull Street in Clovis on February 15, 2015 just prior to the Gebo's burglary being perpetrated.

The suspect has been identified as 19 year-old Stephen M. Baker of Clovis, NM. Mr. Baker has so far been charged with Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), Receiving Stolen Property (Over $500), Tampering With Evidence, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, in the break-in and gun and ammunition thefts in the Sunday, March 15, 2015 Maveric Gun Store burglary (Photograph Attached). Further charges involving the burglary and gun thefts at Gebo's Store and the Arson fires at Johnson Lumber and the hay barn at Clovis Livestock Yard are pending. Stephen Baker is currently being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center in Clovis on a $16,500 Cash or Surety Bond.

The investigation continues with the processing of evidence and interviews. As of the time of this release, there is at least one accomplice being sought for questioning about possible involvement in the Gebo's Burglary and the Arsons set at Johnson Lumber and the Clovis Livestock Barn.

Anyone having any information about this case is asked to contact the police department by dialing 911 and ask for a Detective. 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 ww.tipsubmit.com, or call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.