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ARTESIA — An Artesia woman was arrested Wednesday on charges relating to multiple incidents of auto burglary and larceny on the campus of Artesia High School (AHS).

The Artesia Police Department (APD) reported Thursday afternoon that its School Resource Officer (SRO) division, along with AHS staff, had received multiple reports between Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 of auto burglaries, larcenies and one stolen vehicle on AHS properties.

A suspect was identified as 28-year-old Duvan Gerardo of Artesia, and Gerardo was taken into custody Wednesday by the APD on charges of burglary of a vehicle, larceny (under $250), unlawful use or theft of a debit card, and failure to comply with conditions of release.

While in custody, a warrant was served additionally charging Gerardo with burglary of a vehicle, larceny (under $250), unlawful use or theft of a debit card, and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Gerardo made her first appearance in court Thursday on all charges and is scheduled for preliminary investigation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, before Judge Jimmy C. Foster in Artesia Magistrate Court. She was released on a $10,000 bond.

Gerardo was previously arrested Sept. 24 on charges of child abuse. She is scheduled to appear before Foster for preliminary examination at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, on that charge.

The APD says more charges are pending, and anyone with potential information regarding the incidents at AHS or any other crimes is urged to call the Regional Emergency Dispatch Authority (REDA) at 575-616-7155.

Brienne Green
Daily Press Editor

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