Former Curry County Detention Center employee accused of stealing from inmates

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE)- A New Mexico jail keeps making the news for all the wrong reasons.

This time police say a corrections officer was caught on video stealing from the inmates.

Attorney Eric Dixon is no stranger to cases involving the Curry County Jail.

“There have been continuous problems in that Curry County Detention Center for the last eight years at least,” said Dixon

From escapes to issues with the staff, the jail in Clovis is controversial.

The latest problem is a corrections officer charged for stealing money from two inmates.

Dixon says security video caught 21-year-old Alexandria Bichsel in the act. The first incident was on April 6th when a suspect was booked.

He claims that Bichsel can be seen on camera going through the man’s belongings stealing $195 from him.

A few weeks later on April 22nd Bichsel is seen going through another inmate’s things and she appears to put something in her pocket.

Dixon believes this time she stole $220 from a man who was arrested for possessing spice. Dixon says the county needs to take responsibility.

“She was acting as their agent at the time and the county is obligated to make good on the losses,” said Dixon.

KRQE reached out to the county manager Monday who would only tell us they conducted a preliminary investigation on Bichsel, which was then referred to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and that Bichsel has been fired.

Bichsel is now facing two misdemeanor theft charges.

According to the county, Bichsel was only a temporary employee and had only been at the jail for three months.

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