FARMINGTON — A man was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of committing a string of auto burglaries in a Farmington neighborhood.
Elidon Benally, 19, was charged with 10 counts of auto burglary, as well as tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property, in connection to the thefts.
The thefts took place early Tuesday on Laguna Avenue and Zuni Drive west of Ricketts Park, according to a Farmington police news release.
A Farmington police officer found Benally with a green duffle bag full of materials from nearby vehicles, according to court documents. Benally also had allegedly stolen items on him, according to police.
Benally told police he bought the duffle bag from another man and that he only participated in several of the auto burglaries, according to court documents.
Among the items stolen was a PlayStation Portable, a folding knife, an air freshener, several pairs of sunglasses, utility bills, a GPS unit, candy, a season of “Duck Dynasty” DVDs and spare change, according to court documents.
Benally allegedly told the responding officer a fake name. He also said he was 16 years old and that his birthday was on May 7, 1993.
When the officer told him that would make him 20, Benally said: “I’m tall for a 16 year old,” according to court documents.
Police have a second suspect who also may have participated in the thefts, according to a police news release.
Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @rboetel on Twitter.