Media Release, Clovis Police Department:
On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, an attempted breaking and entering was reported to Diamonds Evermore, located at 1407 N. Main. On Thursday, August 31, 2023, a burglary was reported to the JCPenney department store at the North Plains Mall, 2809 N. Prince. Another burglary was reported to the Zales jewelry store inside the North Plains Mall on September 4, 2023.
Because of the spike in criminal activity at the North Plains Mall, the Clovis Police Department increased their police patrols around the mall. In the early morning hours of Friday, September 8, 2023, an officer patrolling the North Plains Mall found a broken window to the mall. Additional officers responded and searched the mall. Officers discovered a suspect burglarized the Keepsake jewelry store located inside the mall.
All of these incidents were assigned to the Clovis Police Department Detective Division for further investigation. During the course of these investigations, it was learned Junayd Howard, age 25 of Clovis, was arrested by Amarillo police on September 12, 2023 for a burglary with similar circumstances as these burglaries. This arrest began our communication with the Amarillo Police Department. Through a combined investigative effort between the Clovis Police Department and the Amarillo Police Department, detectives learned Junayd had been selling jewelry, since the report of the first burglary in Clovis, to pawn shops in Lubbock, TX, Dallas, TX, and Albuquerque, NM. Investigators were able to match items stolen from the Clovis burglaries to items being pawned by Junayd. Based on this information investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for Junayd’s Clovis home. During this search, investigators were able to locate items believed stolen during the Clovis burglaries.
A warrant was issued for Junayd Howard’s arrest for six counts of Commercial Burglary (4th degree felony), three counts of Larceny over $20,000 (2nd degree felony), six counts of Criminal Damage over $1,000 (4th degree felony), one count of Attempted Breaking and Entering (misdemeanor) and one count of Criminal Damage under $1,000 (petty misdemeanor). On September 15, 2023, the Potter County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and Junayd is being held on this warrant in their detention facility.
If anyone has any information related to these burglaries, we invite you to contact the Clovis Police Department at 575-769-1921. The Clovis Police Department also would like to remind you that information can be provided anonymously by using the Clovis Police Department’s tip411 program, accessed by going to www.police.cityofclovis.org. Furthermore, anonymous tips can also be provided to the Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.