PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest suspect in a string of auto burglaries

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested the suspect in a string of recent auto burglaries. On September 24 at approximately 6:45 a.m. police responded to the 2000 block of Western Avenue in reference to a male subject breaking into vehicles. The reporting party confronted the subject and he fled from the area. At 8:22 a.m. that same day, police were dispatched to the 2000 block of North Cochiti Avenue in reference to a subject breaking into vehicles. Officers arrived on scene and detained the subject, who was later identified as 23-year-old Kory Galbraith. He was transported to the Farmington Police Department where he was interviewed by detectives. Galbraith was later arrested and charged with three counts of auto burglary, three counts of attempted breaking and entering and one count of larceny.

On October 15 at approximately 6:50 a.m., a Farmington police officer witnessed a suspicious subject walking out of a garage in the area of Ranch Drive. The officer approached the subject, identified as Kory Galbraith, and questioned him. During questioning the officer learned that Galbraith had a concealed handgun on his person. Galbraith was detained and was also found to have numerous prescription narcotics in his possession. He was transported to the Farmington Police Department for further questioning. Galbraith was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. A second charge of aggravated burglary with a firearm is pending. Galbraith is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond.

The handgun that was in Galbraith’s possession is believed to be stolen. Police are urging citizens to check their vehicles and garages for missing items and report such by calling the detective hotline at (505) 599-1068.

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