Don’t be fooled by Motion Picture Money

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Phony bills are popping up in Farmington, and FPD is warning individuals and businesses to pay close attention when accepting cash. The fake bills being circulated are used in motion pictures, and while they look real at first glance, a closer look will reveal the bills are phony.

What to look for

  • On the front of the bill under THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA it will read, THIS NOTE IS NOT LEGAL. IT IS TO BE USED FOR MOTION PICTURES.
  • The treasurer’s name will read, This is Not a Treasurer.
  • The secretary’s name will read, Not the Real Secretary.

Attached are examples of Motion Picture Money. Please note, there are several variations of the phony money and each are slightly different.

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Safety tips for encounters with solicitors

Have you been visited by a door-to-door salesperson and wondered if they are conducting business in accordance with the law?

In the City of Farmington, a solicitor must obtain a solicitor’s license from the City of Farmington and carry the license on their person while engaging in business for which such license is issued. (Farmington Municipal Code 8-2-10 Display). The license should be signed by the city clerk and include the business’ name, individual’s name, the City of Farmington’s seal and dates showing term of the license.

In addition, a solicitor must abide by the following rules:

Farmington Municipal Code 8-8-4 Posted premises; requests to leave, permitted hours

(a) No peddler or solicitor shall enter any premises or attempt to peddle or solicit where the owner or occupant of such premises has indicated his desire not to be contacted for sales or solicitations by the placing of a “no solicitors” or “no peddlers” sign on those premises, visible to persons approaching or entering onto the premises. Any such entrance or attempt to peddle shall constitute a violation of this section.

(b) A peddler or solicitor that has entered onto any premises to attempt to peddle or solicit shall leave the premises immediately when asked to do so or when the owner or occupant has declined to purchase the goods or services being solicited. A failure to leave immediately shall constitute a violation of this section.

(c) Door to door residential solicitation shall be permitted from 10:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Any attempt to solicit at a residence outside of these hours is prohibited and constitutes a violation of this section.

The public’s safety is of the utmost importance to us. We’d like to remind citizens that it’s often difficult to determine if someone is legitimately representing a real business or charity, even if he/she provides documentation. We urge our community members to exercise caution, and follow these safety tips when encountering solicitors:

  • Always look through the peephole, window or home security camera to see who is at your door.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable answering the door, then don’t. Inform the individual you are not interested through your door.
  • Always ask for documentation and identification.
  • NEVER allow a solicitor to enter your home.
  • NEVER give money, credit/debit card numbers or a check to solicitors.
  • Report aggressive or suspicious solicitors to law enforcement immediately: 911 for emergency situations such as an aggressive or threatening solicitor and 334-6622 (non-emergency dispatch) for suspicious solicitors.
    • Provide the dispatcher with a good description of the individual and vehicle, if available, and direction of travel after leaving your residence.
    • Please DO NOT private message us on social media for these types of situations in which an officer needs to be dispatched to make contact with the individual in question.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Request for public’s assistance

Farmington, NM – On Friday, December 1 at approximately 7:49 p.m. Farmington police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Laguna Avenue in reference to a man lying in the road. First responders arrived and found the man to be deceased. He has been identified as 49-year-old Calvert Benally of Farmington. Witnesses informed police that Benally had been walking in the area with a man and woman. The two individuals left before police arrived.

Farmington police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the two individuals who were walking with Benally. Anyone with information may call the Detective Division at 599-1005. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest Flora Vista man for aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 43-year-old Ronnie James of Flora Vista on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property.

The charges stem from an incident on October 26 when James broke into 4 States Auto Center on East Main in Farmington and took a vehicle from the property. Police were dispatched to the business at approximately 9:47 p.m. in reference to a man, later identified as James, armed with a gun. Officers arrived and found a broken window on the east side of the building. The reporting party informed officers he had returned to the business after running errands and saw James coming out of the back door of the building. James pointed a gun at the employee and verbally threatened him. He was also holding a bank bag containing keys to vehicles on the lot. Prior to police arriving, James fled the area in a yellow Mustang belonging to the dealership. The owners of the business arrived shortly after and reported additional items had been taken. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office located James and the yellow Mustang in mid-November.

On November 22, detectives with the Farmington Police Department interviewed James regarding the October 26 incident. On November 28, detectives obtained a warrant for for his arrest on charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property. James was served with the warrant the same day at the San Juan County Detention Center where he had been previously booked on other charges.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested 29-year-old Timothy Jaramillo of Farmington on charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery. On September 16, 2017 officers were dispatched to Bubble City in reference to a battery and stolen vehicle. Officers arrived and made contact with the victim, a 50-year-old man from Farmington. The man had lacerations, bruising and swelling to his face. He was transported by medics to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Through investigation, officers learned the man was driving in the area of Southside River Road and South Hutton when he saw a woman who appeared to be in distress. The woman was sitting on the side of the road, crying with her head in her hands and a male was standing over her. The victim pulled over to check on the female and asked if she needed help. The woman got in the front passenger seat of the man’s vehicle. Before he could drive off, the woman’s boyfriend, later identified as Timothy Jaramillo, got in the back seat. Jaramillo demanded the victim drive him to the casino. The victim drove to the parking lot of Bubble City and stopped the vehicle. Jaramillo grabbed the man and punched him in the face numerous times using brass knuckles. The victim exited the vehicle and went inside to call police. Jaramillo and his girlfriend left the area in the victim’s vehicle.

Officers issued a county-wide attempt to locate the vehicle but were unsuccessful. Through follow-up investigation detectives were able to identify Jaramillo, and on November 13 a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery (use of a deadly weapon) and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. Jaramillo was arrested on November 14 and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Police identify woman found deceased at Brook Haven Park

Farmington, NM – Farmington police have identified the woman found deceased at Brook Haven Park as 29-year-old Vanessa Tsosie of Red Valley, Arizona. On November 5 at approximately 7:06 a.m. police were dispatched to 901 Glade Ln. in reference to an injured female lying in the park. Officers arrived and found the woman to be deceased. Signs of foul play were present, and detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.

PRESS RELEASE: Police seeking public’s assistance in identifying woman found in park

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are working to identify a woman who was found deceased at Brook Haven Park earlier this week. On November 5 at approximately 7:06 a.m. police were dispatched to 901 Glade Ln. in reference to an injured female lying in the park. Officers arrived and found the woman to be deceased. Signs of foul play were present, and detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. The victim has not yet been identified and police are requesting the public’s assistance.

The victim is a Native American female of average height and stature. She has no tattoos or significant scarring. She was wearing distinctive clothing at the time, most notably a pair of black Nike skater style low-cut sneakers with large pink swooshes (see photo). She was also wearing a black and white striped scarf (SIMILAR to the attached photo), black knit sweater and blue jeans with holes. Also of note was her nail polish, which had a black base with predominantly purple glitter.

Anyone with information about the woman’s identity is asked to call the Farmington Police Department’s Detective Division at 599-1005 or non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.