Clovis man dragged by car while trying to stop thief

CLOVIS N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man who caught a thief in the act, found himself caught on his own home surveillance video, getting dragged down the street by the thief.

It seemed like a normal afternoon for Jake Adkins, sitting in his living room in Clovis watching golf with his dad.

He had no idea what was about to happen.

Adkins says he noticed an unfamiliar car sitting in their driveway and when he went to check it out he saw a man taking off with his father’s golf clubs.

“I run as fast as I can, I don’t even have shoes on or anything like that and I run out there as fast as I can to stop him,” said Adkins.

The whole thing was caught on the family’s home security camera.

Adkins opened the driver’s side door. The driver then backed up, dragging Adkins along with him.

The blood stains from his injuries can still be seen around the carport.

“I have a pretty good laceration on my upper thigh on my left leg and I have some scrapes and bruises on my back,” he said.

Adkins was able to get the license plate number off the car as it drove off.

“As soon as he knocked me down the only thing on my mind was okay I need to get the plates on this thing, so I looked at the plate, tried to memorize as quick as possible because he was driving away and  just kept saying it over and over again,” said Adkins

Police say the man behind the wheel was 26-year-old Shane Wilson

He was arrested for burglary and aggravated battery.

Adkins says he regrets getting hurt but doesn’t regret going after the thief.

“I wish it wouldn’t have happened but I mean at least he’s off the streets,” he said.

When police arrested Wilson, they did find the golf clubs. They’ve been returned to Adkins’ father. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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