Farmington police arrest two juveniles for aggravated burglary

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have two juveniles in custody following burglaries of two local pharmacies. Around 5:19 p.m. on February 26, 2020, officers were dispatched to the Target store at 4900 E. Main Street for reports of two juvenile males with a gun attempting to go into the back area of the pharmacy. A store employee tackled one of the males, and he then dropped the weapon. Employees kept the male detained until officers arrived. The other burglar left the store. Using surveillance footage, officers obtained a description of the second burglar and the vehicle he left in. Around 5:55 p.m., a second report came in from a Safeway pharmacy, at 3540 E. Main Street, of a juvenile attempting to steal medication from behind the counter. The description matched that of the second burglar. After some investigation, officers identified and located the second burglar and took him into custody. 


Detectives interviewed the males, both 16 years old and from Farmington, and obtained a search warrant for the involved vehicle. One juvenile was charged with Aggravated Burglary and Assault with a Deadly Weapon; the other charged with Aggravated Burglary and Conspiracy. Both are being held at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center. 


This incident remains under investigation. Further details will be released as they become available. 

Farmington police seek owners of stolen property


Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department is looking for the owners of stolen property recovered during a recent auto burglary investigation. Officers responded on January 2 to the area of Foothills and Crestwood after someone saw a man entering unlocked vehicles. They conducted an investigation that ultimately led to the arrest of 28-year-old Kory Galbraith of Farmington. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Galbraith’s vehicle, impounded at the scene, and recovered items reported stolen from vehicles in east Farmington neighborhoods. They found additional items in the vehicle that were not linked to any reported burglaries on record with FPD.


Detectives are encouraging anyone who has been a victim of auto burglary between December 1, 2019 and January 2, 2020 and did not report the crime, to please contact Detective Hardy at 505-258-5144.


Galbraith was arrested on January 2, 2020 and charged with Auto Burglary, Attempted Auto Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer.







PRESS RELEASE: 5 juveniles arrested in connection with North Farmington burglary

Farmington, NM – School resource officers with the Farmington Police Department were contacted yesterday around 1:00 p.m. at Piedra Vista High School in reference to a student with a handgun and ammunition on school property. The officer contacted the student, a juvenile male, who had a pistol, ammunition and paraphernalia indicative of gang involvement in his possession.

Detectives and members of the Gang Unit responded to the school; the Gang Unit responded based on the gang associations and firearm information. Through investigation, detectives learned that five juvenile males had burglarized a home on the north side of Farmington. School resource officers, gang officers and patrol officers worked to quickly locate the other four juveniles involved in the burglary. At least two firearms, along with several other items, were stolen from the residence. Detectives and crime scene investigation responded to the residence and processed the scene. A suspect vehicle was located and towed from Lions Wilderness Park, and a search warrant was executed by CSI and detectives. One firearm and several other stolen property items were located in the vehicle. Several detectives collaborated to interview the five juveniles and obtain search warrants for backpacks containing other stolen items.

During the investigation no statements were made from the suspects stating the weapons and ammunition were to be used in an act of school violence.

The District Attorney’s Office was contacted and the Juvenile Probation Office authorized a hold on all five juveniles for the following charges:

First 15-year-old was charged with Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary and bringing a firearm on school campus

Second 15-year-old was charged with Aggravated Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary

Third 15-year-old was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary, Accessory to Aggravated Burglary and carrying a weapon on school campus

Both 17-year-olds were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary and Accessory to Aggravated Burglary

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 for armed robbery, aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to San Juan Regional Medical Center around 1:00 p.m. on Monday in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and learned 33-year-old Pete Kimbell had been stabbed multiple times by 34-year-old Derek James. James and another male, whose identity is unknown, entered Kimbell’s home in the 2300 block of West Apache and attacked him. During the encounter, James punched Kimbell and stabbed him multiple times with a knife. The two men took an unspecified amount of money and jewelry from Kimbell’s residence before leaving. After the men left, Kimbell flagged down a man outside his house and requested to be taken to the hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police located James at his home in Farmington. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

FPD is still searching for the other suspect who is described as a bald Native American male in his late 30s. Anyone with information about this incident may call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.





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.

Community Update

VIDEO PRESS RELEASE: Church burglary suspect arrested

November 4, 2014


This community update was recorded courtesy of San Juan Safe Communities Initiative. Working together to keep our community a safe place to live, work and play.

Farmington, NM – At approximately 12:56 a.m. today, Farmington police were dispatched to Crossroads Community Church on North Butler in reference to an alarm. When police arrived, they learned that one of the church’s windows had been broken. Officers, along with a K9 unit, conducted a search of the building and surrounding area. While they were searching, a nearby resident flagged down one of the officers and informed him that an unknown subject had just fled from his backyard. The subject, later identified as 23-year-old Nathaniel Silversmith, was located in front of a home on Mossman Drive. Police questioned Silversmith and a detective was called out to help process the scene. Silversmith was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $10,900 bond.