Suspect accused of taking truck keys out of another vehicle



FARMINGTON — A man is facing charges on accusations of stealing a vehicle from a Farmington residence.

Michael Koning, 27, is facing felony counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and burglary of a vehicle, according to court records.

He is accused of stealing a white Ford tow truck from a Farmington residence using keys taken from a red Ford truck also on the property, according to the probable cause statement.

Koning did not have legal representation this morning, according to court records.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched at 6:12 a.m. on Nov. 10 on a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence in the 2100 block of Huntzinger Avenue.

A man told police the white Ford tow truck was parked at the residence the night before, but when he woke up, it was missing.

The tow truck was later located near a dirt lot just north of the Home2 Suites by Hilton at 777 S. Browning Ave., where Koning was taken into custody.

He had a warrant issued for failing to appear in a pending case out of Aztec Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

Koning told police he went to the victim's residence and drove the vehicle off the property during the night of Nov. 9 or Nov. 10.

He added he tried calling the victim and knocking on the front door of the victim's residence, but the victim did not respond, according to court documents.

Koning was incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center this afternoon on a $4,000 cash at 10 percent bond.

His preliminary hearing for the stolen vehicle case is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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

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