Deputy allegedly stole $126 worth of merchandise from shoplifters

Sept. 17 – CLOVIS – On Wednesday, a Curry County sheriff’s deputy was formally charged with shoplifting following a Sept. 9 incident at the Walmart in Clovis.

Riley Loomis, 47, is accused of failing to scan 24 items into the automatic checkout register. The items are valued at $126.95, according to court records.

Loomis was ordered to appear in Clovis Magistrates Court at 9:30 a.m. on September 30.

Police initially filed a non-traffic complaint against Loomis, but “at the request of the City Attorney (Jared Morris) on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, I have been asked to dismiss the original charge in City Court and lay the charge before the Magistrate Tribunal,” the arresting officer wrote in his criminal complaint.

“We have been made aware of a pending misdemeanor charge against Riley Loomis. He has been placed in restricted administrative duties at this time,” Curry County Deputy Sheriff Michael Brockett wrote in a response by email to questions from The News.

Clovis Police Captain Robbie Telles said police received a call for service from Walmart before they filed charges against Loomis.

District Attorney Brian Stover said the Clovis Police Department contacted prosecutors about the allegations against Loomis.

“Once we have the case, it will come out of our office for review,” Stover said last week. “It would not be appropriate for my office to review the matter as I consider Riley Loomis a personal friend,” Stover said.

Loomis did not immediately respond to questions left for him via Facebook Messenger.