Police Blotter: May 28, 2004

A Clovis restaurant manager called police about 9 a.m. Monday to report that an employee’s cash drawer had come up $235.79 short and the night manager had no explanation.
The restaurant manager informed police that cash shortages have been occurring more and more frequently at the restaurant. She told police she had directed the night manager that if shortages continued to come up at the end of the night, she was to call police. Officers told the restaurant manager that no calls had been made to the police from the previous night.
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About 4:30 p.m. Monday, an apartment manager called police to report that someone had smashed open the door to a vacant apartment. Since the apartment was vacant, neither police nor the apartment managers were able to determine if anything had been taken.
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Police responded about 7 a.m. Wednesday to a Clovis hotel where the manager reported that a moneybag which was supposed to have $719 had been found empty.
The manager said the moneybag had been placed in a safe that required a combination and key to open; the keys were never supposed to be left in the office but had in fact been left in a desk drawer overnight. Staff identified a possible suspect and police reported they were handling the situation as a case of embezzlement greater than $250.
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About 2:30 a.m. Thursday, a resident of the 500 block of Pile called police to report that her car was on fire.
Police and firefighters found a 1996 Geo Prizm parked in front of an apartment with flames coming out of the hood. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, the vehicle owner said she had called 911 when she saw the flames. She said she had earlier looked out the window, saw a shadow in front of her car, and thought she saw something being sprayed on her car.
The vehicle owner named a suspect who another person at the scene said had been driving westbound on 14th near Mitchell. Police found visible evidence of an accelerant being used to ignite and spread the fire, and reported they would treat the case as arson.

Police Blotter is compiled by CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: