Suspect has multiple property crime convictions
FARMINGTON — A Bloomfield man convicted of multiple property crimes is facing two new sets of charges and is accused of committing two burglaries while wearing a GPS monitoring device.
John Heath, 43, is accused of a total of six charges across two cases including two fourth-degree felony counts of larceny, a third-degree felony count of residential burglary and a fourth-degree felony count of non-residential burglary, according to court records.
He has multiple felony convictions for property crimes including burglary and larceny and some felony drug convictions, according to Detective Jarrod Slindee of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
A search in the New Mexico Corrections Department's website showed Heath has been convicted of 14 felony charges.
Heath is accused of burglary and of stealing items from a Farmington business and a residence east of Bloomfield, according to the arrest warrant affidavits.
A sheriff's office deputy was dispatched on Nov. 1 to Quality Fiberglass and RV Rentals, located at 7475 E. Main St. in Farmington, on reports of a commercial burglary, according to court documents.
The business owners told police the suspect cut a hole in a chain-link fence and stole several items between Oct. 31 and the early morning of Nov. 1.
Some of the items included were a propane tank, an electric winch, about $750 worth of extension cords and about nearly $290 worth of fireworks.
The affidavit states Heath's probation officer told a sheriff's office detective Heath allegedly cut off his ankle GPS monitoring device. It was found on Nov. 2.
As part of the investigation, the detective obtained a search warrant to get a report and satellite images of the movement of Heath's GPS monitor.
The report stated Heath's GPS monitor was at Quality Fiberglass and RV Rentals for more than 90 minutes on the morning of Nov. 1, according to court documents.
When interviewed by detectives, Heath told them he knew where several items were located and he took some of the items including the extension cords and fireworks.
It was the investigation into the commercial burglary case which provided a break in the residential burglary case, according to court documents.
Heath is accused of burglarizing and stealing items from a residence in the 7000 block of U.S. Highway 64 on the east side of Bloomfield, the affidavit states.
The homeowner spoke to a sheriff's office deputy on Sept. 23 about $650 in tools missing from his residence and said that a nearby travel trailer had been broken into.
A witness observed a vehicle which matched the description of a vehicle allegedly belonging to Heath at the residence around the time of the burglary.
The GPS report and satellite images obtained in the commercial burglary case showed Heath's GPS monitor was in and around the residence on Sept. 19 for about 29 minutes.
When asked about the residential burglary, Heath told detectives he knew about the residence but denied any wrong-doing.
Heath was incarcerated Monday morning at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.