PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to two burglaries over the weekend, suspects in custody

Farmington, NM – Farmington police responded to two burglaries over the weekend and apprehended suspects in both cases. The incidents took place on Friday, February 19. At approximately 4:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to a residence on Marseille Boulevard in reference to a burglary. The reporting party advised officers that he had left his home in the morning and when he returned he found that someone entered his residence and took his firearm. A witness informed officers that he saw the suspect acting suspicious outside the home and went over to confront him. The suspect became aggressive toward the man and threatened him before leaving. The witness was able to identify the suspect as a 16-year-old male who also lives in the area. Officers made contact with the suspect in a vehicle where the stolen firearm was recovered.

The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, retaining stolen property, unlawful possession of a handgun by a person less than 19 years of age, resisting an officer, assault and criminal damage to property. He is being held at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to Radio Shack on East Main Street in reference to an alarm. The first officer arrived on scene and found several glass doors and a window had been shattered. He looked inside the building and saw an individual pulling items from one of the shelves. Additional officers arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the building. The suspect exited the store carrying a bag full of merchandise.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Kelsey Collins from Kirtland. Collins was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property, breaking and entering, larceny and burglary. She is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.