PLAINVIEW, Texas— The City of Plainview Police Department said they found a suspect in connection with a string of burglaries from 2022 with the help of the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to a press release.

Plainview PD said DPS matched a DNA sample from the crime scene to a New Mexico resident who was incarcerated at the New Mexico Department of Corrections on several counts of burglary.

According to the press release, the believed suspect was convicted in 2018 and was serving a “several year sentence” when he escaped NMDC custody. Authorities believed he committed several burglaries in Plainview and surrounding areas in his absence.

He was later caught in Oklahoma and returned to NMDC, according to the press release.

As of Monday morning, January 16, the suspect’s name had not been released.

Read the full press release below: 

On December 20th, 2022, the City of Plainview Police Department received a response from the Texas Department of Public Safety lab regarding DNA recovered from a local dealership involved in a string of burglaries from early 2022 through mid-2022.

The DNA match revealed a name of a New Mexico resident who is currently incarcerated in the New Mexico Department of Corrections on several counts of burglary. Our investigation revealed that the same suspect committed similar burglaries of commercial buildings in and around the Hobbs, New Mexico, area in 2018 and was later convicted.

While the suspect served a several-year sentence, he reportedly escaped from New Mexico Department of Corrections custody. During his absence from the Department of Corrections, it’s believed he committed several additional burglaries in the Plainview and surrounding areas.

He has since been apprehended in Oklahoma and is currently back in the custody of the New Mexico Department of Corrections in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

We are confident that this is the same suspect that broke into several businesses in Plainview and the surrounding from March 2022 through October 2022. We hope that any agencies that have experienced similar burglaries contact our detectives so that we may share this information with them. We encourage law enforcement agencies to contact Lieutenant Cody Ward at 806-296-1196 or Detective Jesse Ortiz at 806-296-1192.