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Two people arrested face stolen vehicle, drug charges
One suspect charged in Colorado on vehicle theft, burglary charges
FARMINGTON — Two people facing multiple warrants were arrested last week while police were investigating a reported stolen vehicle.
Martin Marez, 31, and Krisha Burch, 24, were arrested by Farmington Police Department officers on the morning of Oct. 11 outside the Brentwood Inn and Garden at 600 E. Broadway Ave., according to court documents.
Marez is facing charges in Colorado on accusations of burglary, aggravated motor vehicle theft and theft, according to Commander Ray Shupe of the Durango, Colo., Police Department.
In New Mexico, he is accused of a fourth-degree count of receiving or transporting a stolen motor vehicle, along with a misdemeanor count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and a petty misdemeanor count of concealing identity, according to the criminal complaint.
Burch is accused of four charges, including fourth-degree felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and bringing contraband into a jail, according to the criminal complaint.
Marez and Burch did not have legal representation as of this morning. Both were incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center without bond as of this morning
There was one warrant out for Burch and three warrants for Marez when they were arrested.
Burch's warrant was for a probation violation on a trafficking controlled substances conviction in 2014, according to court records.
Marez's warrants were for failure to comply on two separate vehicle burglary convictions and a possession of a controlled substance conviction, according to court records.
Police were dispatched to the Brentwood Inn and Garden at 7:36 a.m. on Oct. 11 on reports of a stolen pickup truck in the hotel parking lot. The owner of the vehicle reported the location of the stolen truck, according to the probable cause statement.
The victim told police the vehicle had been stolen on Oct. 9 in Durango while he was eating at a restaurant with Marez. Marez allegedly told the victim he was going to the bathroom and never returned.
Marez had the truck's key when he left, according to court documents. The victim was unable to locate the Ford F-150 pickup truck afterward.
A yellow envelope containing $12,000 was in the truck when it was stolen, according to court documents.
Farmington Cpt. Taft Tracy said the money was not located during a search of the pickup truck. A keycard to a Brentwood Inn and Garden hotel room was found in the truck, and Tracy said a subsequent search of that room failed to turn up the alleged missing money.
The truck's owner earlier had told police he drove from Durango to Farmington because he believed it might be there. When he visited the hotel, he spotted his truck in the parking lot and notified police.
As officers approached the vehicle, Burch and Marez fled the scene and were arrested shortly afterward, according to court documents.
Burch and Marez were transported to the detective building of the Farmington Police Department following their arrest.
Marez told detectives he left the restaurant in Durango while eating with the victim and hitchhiked back to Farmington. Marez also told police when he was in Farmington, he was picked by a male friend who was driving the stolen pickup truck and was driven to the Brentwood Inn and Garden.
The male friend is not being identified because he has not been charged in connection to the alleged crime in New Mexico, He has also not been charged in Colorado, according to Shupe.
The investigation is still pending with additional suspects and involved parties being sought for questions, Tracy said.
While talking to the detectives, Marez said that he, along with the victim and the friend, were partying at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio, Colo., on Oct. 9 before driving to the restaurant in Durango.
Marez told police the friend left the restaurant while he and the victim ate.
Burch is accused of bringing a small plastic baggie with a white, crystal substance into the county jail, according to court documents.The baggie was found during a strip search, and the substance later tested positive for methamphetamine.
The preliminary hearings for Burch and Marez are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.