Man charged in construction yard theft

Chad Dobbs, 38, held on $60,000 bond

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was charged Wednesday with multiple felonies in the theft of a pickup truck and utility trailer from TRC Construction.

Chad Dobbs, 38, was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with vehicle theft, conspiracy to commit vehicle theft, felony larceny, conspiracy to commit felony larceny, four counts of burglary from a vehicle, four counts of conspiracy to commit burglary of a vehicle, and other lesser offenses.

Dobbs was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $60,000 bond, according to court records.

Chad Dobbs

He had not retained legal representation, records state.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at 4 a.m. Tuesday to the intersection of East 30th Street and North Butler Avenue after receiving reports of a suspicious vehicle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Officers found a white Ford pickup truck belonging to TRC Construction parked near the 7-to-11 convenience store on 30th Street, the affidavit states. Attached to the truck was a utility trailer laden with construction equipment, according to the affidavit.

Dobbs was standing beside the truck when police arrived. He told the officers he had walked there from his home to help a friend, Ricky Phillips, reattach the trailer to the truck. Dobbs admitted he did not work at TRC Construction, but claimed Phillips did, according to the affidavit.

Dobbs was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and a GPS device was found inside his jacket, the affidavit states. A small bag of marijuana also was found.

A TRC Construction employee confirmed the truck, which had been hot wired, and trailer belonged to the company, according to the affidavit.

Police reviewed surveillance footage from the TRC Construction yard on Fairgrounds Road and witnessed Dobbs and a second man rifling through vehicles at the yard and taking items before fleeing in the truck, the affidavit states.

The second suspect has not been located.

Dobbs is scheduled to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Oct. 28.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.