Bond was set Monday for two men suspected of stealing more than $1,000 worth of items from a local store before leading police on a car chase and then a foot chase.
Chaves County Magistrate Judge EJ Fouratt set bail at $5,000 for Mikey Sing, 36, and $10,000 for Juan Montez, 27, both of Carlsbad, following an appearance in court, according to electronic court records.
Sing is charged with one count each of shoplifting, conspiracy to commit shoplifting and aggravated flight from a law enforcement officer. Montez faces one count of shoplifting over $1,000, conspiracy to shoplift, tampering with evidence and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
A summary prison population report Thursday morning listed Sing and Montez among inmates still housed at the Chaves County Detention Center.
According to court records, on Nov. 5, store surveillance video allegedly saw the two men taking approximately $1,083 worth of tools and other items from the store’s hardware section and stuffing them into trash cans.
Montez then allegedly taped the two cans before going to the self-checkout and scanning and paying for the receptacles, but not the items inside. He and Sing then allegedly attempted to leave the store with the two bins but were stopped by two employees, who then took the items back from inside the bins.
Sing and Montez, according to court records, then exited the store and entered the parking lot.
When officers arrived at the store, they learned that the two men would be riding in a red van. Officers then unsuccessfully attempted to stop the van, which court documents indicate Sing was driving.
The van, which records show was later found registered to Sing, pulled out of the parking lot on the north side. Police followed as the van reportedly turned left onto Main Street, eventually taking the eastbound bend onto the Roswell Relief Route.
The police then ended their pursuit of the van. But soon after, police were alerted to a call they received about a vehicle in a 1,000-block alley on North Washington Avenue.
Court records indicate that the caller witnessed two men remove a license plate from the vehicle and remove several objects from the vehicle before fleeing on foot.
Officers arrived and searched the area near the vehicle.
Sing was reportedly captured after a nearby landlord saw him hiding in an alley and asked him what he was doing.
“Mr. Sing replied that he was hiding from the police and asked him (the owner) if he could let him into the house,” the court records say.
The owner then quickly caught the attention of officers and Sing was subsequently arrested.
Montez, according to court records, was apprehended after being seen by an officer walking on a sidewalk between two houses. Officers then attempted to pursue Montez on foot, but he fled.
Court documents say Montez was later found hiding in a work shed one block from the North Lea Avenue address. Later, it was discovered that Montez was wanted on an active warrant in Eddy County for resisting, obstructing, or evading an officer.