Kirtland man charged with vehicle thefts

Steve Garrison
Rocky Ramer

FARMINGTON – A 31-year-old Kirtland man is accused of stealing several trucks and trailers in the Four Corners region.

Rocky Ramer was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with three counts of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle.

Ramer's attorney, Brad Kerwin, could not be reached for comment.

A detective from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office learned on Aug. 21 that a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck and accompanying 20-foot trailer were stolen from a residence in San Juan County, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

On Nov. 24, the detective drove past a residence on County Road 6480 and discovered several tarps were hung up on the north side of it, the affidavit states.

The detective notes in the affidavit that the residence belonged to Ramer, who was wanted for arrest on several warrants, so he parked his vehicle and inspected the back of the property. The detective found a trailer and a white Dodge Ram pickup truck parked behind the tarps, according to the affidavit.

The detectives obtained a search warrant and seized the two vehicles, which he confirmed were the ones reported stolen in August, the affidavit states. A third trailer found at the property was also found to be stolen from a residence in Montezuma County, Colo., according to the affidavit.

Ramer was arrested Dec. 1 after allegedly leading deputies and local police on a high-speed chase in San Juan County, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

The vehicle allegedly used in the chase was also reported stolen, Lincoln said.

On Dec. 9, Ramer was interviewed by detectives regarding the vehicles found at his property, according to the affidavit.  He told detectives he did not know the vehicles were at the residence, the affidavit states.

Ramer is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Jan. 14.

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