By Rick White: CNJ managing editor
A Portales man accused of embezzling more than $600,000 in early March paid two accomplices $20,000 each to help him go into hiding, according to court documents.
Chris Adcox, 21, of Clovis told investigators in a March 7 interview he and a friend drove Scott Kirby to Lubbock the day after the armed car service employee allegedly stole the money, court documents show. While there, they obtained a hotel room in Adcox’s name and bought Kirby new clothes.
Adcox said the plan was to tell authorities Kirby left for Mexico and was leaving his wife, according to court documents.
Adcox was arrested March 22 and charged with receiving and disposing of stolen property, harboring or aiding a felon and tampering with evidence.
He is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.
Kirby, 23, who worked for an armored car service that transferred money from local businesses to banks, turned himself in March 6 to authorities. Police said they recovered $242,342 from Kirby and a black duffle bag at his residence.
Authorities also recovered $19,600 from a field south of Melrose, where Adcox was working applying fertilizer at the time of his arrest, court documents show.
Kirby was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center earlier this week on a $10,000 bond, according to jail officials.
Kirby, who faces 15 years in prison if convicted, could not be reached for comment.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said law enforcement officials have reason to believe remaining funds in the form of checks may have been destroyed.
Adcox also told authorities he was with Kirby when Kirby threw a large amount of checks in a dumpster in an alley in northwest Clovis.
Police believe the dumpster was emptied within a day of when Kirby dumped the checks, documents showed.
Police are looking for the third suspect named by Adcox, according to law enforcement officials.
Officials with Respond Inc., the armored car service that employed Kirby, have not returned calls seeking comment. Chandler said Adcox was not employed by Respond Inc.
Chandler said area businesses, including Wal-Mart in Clovis and Portales and Chili’s and Applebee’s restaurants in Clovis, used the armored car service to transfer money to banks.