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Manuel Araiza is accused of 14 charges including aggravated burglary and vehicle theft


FARMINGTON — Two men have been charged and accused of being involved in several residential and vehicle burglaries in Farmington — including the theft of a Mercedes-Benz car.

Manuel Araiza, 19, is accused of 14 burglary, larceny and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle charges, according to court records.

Marko Aguirre-Wood, 23, is accused of four burglary charges and one aggravated burglary charge, according to court records.

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A Farmington police detective determined Araiza was a possible suspect while investigating a series of residential and motor vehicle burglaries in the area of McCormick School Road, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

During interviews Araiza told detectives he had been involved in residential and vehicle burglaries — and his cousin, Aguirre-Wood, had participated with him in multiple burglaries.

Aguirre-Wood confirmed Araiza's accounts to police, according to court documents.

Araiza is accused of entering a home in the 3600 block of Wellington Street and stealing a 2011 Mercedes-Benz car, according to the criminal complaint.

He also faces three aggravated burglary charges on accusations of stealing an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and four "hunting-style" knives.

Some of the items Araiza is also accused of stealing include camera equipment, golf clubs, an LG tablet and a portable generator from a vehicle parked in an Auto Zone parking lot at 3545 E. Main St., according to court documents.

Araiza and Aguirre-Wood are accused of working together to steal items including jewelry, a PlayStation 3 video game console and a set of keys belonging to the Farmington Municipal School District. The stolen keys were later recovered.

They are also accused of breaking into vehicles in the 700 block of McCormick School Road and taking a large leather briefcase and a watch and wallet, according to court documents.

The arrest warrant affidavits for Araiza and Aguirre-Wood both mention the names of several people who may possibly be involved in the alleged crimes, but those individuals have not been charged, according to court records.

Farmington police do not plan to file additional charges against Araiza and Aguirre-Wood as part of this investigation, according to spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

She said more investigative work must be completed before police decide if other individuals may be charged.

Araiza was released on Wednesday and Aguirre-Wood remains incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold.

Aguirre-Wood has an out-of-state warrant from Tarrant County, Texas for a probation violation, according to court documents. He has an extradition hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. on Aug. 22 in district court.

Araiza is also facing two sets of charges for possession of a controlled substance and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer in district court.

The preliminary hearing for Araiza on the burglary charges is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

Note: This story was modified to indicate that Famington police do not plan to file additional charges against the two suspects, and to correct the location of one of the alleged crimes.

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