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N.M. burglary suspect caught in Amarillo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspect sought by the New Mexico State Police for allegedly burglarizing the Nara Visa Truck Stop on April 4 was arrested late last week in Amarillo, Texas, on a probation violation, the Quay County Sun reported.

John Michael Mitchell Jr., was being sought for burglary, aggravated fleeing and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock told the Sun.

State Police mounted a seven-hour air and ground search for Mitchell on U.S. 54 near Logan on April 4, after Nara Visa residents reported a man later identified as Mitchell burglarizing the truck stop, the Sun said.

Mitchell was driving a 2005 maroon Chevy Suburban on U.S. 54 when he was spotted by Logan police officers, then led officers on a pursuit onto the Paula Shoenail Ranch, 5 miles northeast of Logan, State Police Lt. Lance Bateman said.

Bateman told the Sun that the Mitchell fled on foot after abandoning the Suburban, which was towed to Tucumcari and searched.

On April 5, police received a report that Mitchell had stolen a vehicle from the ranch where he had evaded law officers, and that vehicle was located at an apartment complex in Amarillo, the Sun said.