Cops and Courts: Clovis man held without bail for sixth DWI

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

A 42-year-old Clovis man remains in jail after being arrested June 10 for his sixth DWI, according to jail officials.

Johnny Aragon is being held without bail for violating probation for an unrelated 2005 conviction.

Aragon was pulled over driving a vehicle about 5 p.m. after he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Cameo and Redwood streets. The officer smelled alcohol coming from Aragon and inside the vehicle, a police report said.

A Breathalyzer test he agreed to take indicated he was legally intoxicated, the report said.

Aragon was charged with driving on a revocation, running a stop sign and aggravated DWI, sixth offense.

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A woman told police Monday afternoon her husband’s car had been stolen from the driveway of a home she was visiting, police reports said.

The woman told police she was at the home in the 400 block of Neptune for about 30 minutes and when she went to leave the car was gone.

She said she had left the silver 2001 Mitsubishi Diamante unlocked with the keys in the ignition, the report said.

The officers were unable to gather any suspect information.

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Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday recovered a vehicle stolen from a Clovis flower shop, according to police reports.

Around 8 a.m. the owner of the shop, located in the 500 block of East Fifth Street, told police a delivery vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Astro van, had been taken the night before from the parking area at the store, a report said.

Police discovered the vehicle had been reported as an abandoned vehicle in the 1900 block of Red Wine in Portales about an hour before.

Officers told the man he could reclaim his vehicle after it had been processed for evidence.

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A Clovis man told police three or more intruders robbed him at gunpoint at his home Tuesday night and stole guns and cash, according to police reports.

The 63-year-old man said the men burst into the living room of his apartment in the 200 block of West Sixth around 11 p.m. He said they pointed automatic weapons at him and tied a shirt over his face. They took his wallet, which contained around $40, a revolver that was laying on the table and a rifle from the closet, he said.

The man told police they told him to wait five minutes after they left or they would kill him, the report said.

Officers noted the man had lacerations to his back where he said the men shoved him into a wall mirror.

A neighbor, who helped the man after the robbery, told police she heard loud banging and crashing noises from the apartment.

The man told police he did not know who the men were.

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Two Clovis women were arrested Friday on charges they created false loans and stole around $1,700 from a local finance company where they were employed, according to court records.

Gina Garbarino, 28, and Mackenzie Chittock, 20, were released Friday on $150 appearance bonds, court records show.

They are charged with seven felony counts each of forgery, theft of identity, conspiracy to commit forgery and seven misdemeanor counts of fraud under $500, records show.

The two were employed at Your Credit Inc. at 105 West Grand Ave., records show.

A corporate loan auditor found inconsistencies in loans while conducting a monthly audit to verify loan accounts, a criminal affidavit filed in Curry County Magistrate Court reads.

When she asked the two women why employment, telephone and address information for a recent loan was incorrect, they admitted to her they had created several false loans, the affidavit said.

They had been doing it since May, records show.

The women told the auditor and police about several more loans they had created using the names of people who were not customers that had been given to them by a male friend assisting in the scheme, record show.

According to records they told police they would take credit reports and check stubs for former or existing customers and doctor them to show false names. They would then issue the loans and, with the help of a male partner, cash the checks and split the money.

Telephone listings for Garbarino and Chittock could not be located.

Officials with Your Credit Inc. declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

The male suspect has not yet been charged, records show.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. She can be contacted at 763-6991 or:
sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com