Man charged in vehicle thefts from auto dealer

Steve Garrison
Casey David Manzanares

AZTEC — A 29-year-old Kirtland man has been accused of stealing several vehicles from a San Juan County business.

Casey Manzanares was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with second-degree felony larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree felony larceny, and more than two dozen counts of felony theft and burglary.

Manzanares listed Eric Morrow as his attorney in court records, but Morrow said Monday he has not yet been retained as counsel. Morrow said Manzanares maintains his innocence.

A detective with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip on May 23 that a stolen vehicle was being stored at a residence on County Road 6483, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The vehicle was located by deputies at the residence and identified as a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado with an attached trailer, the affidavit states. The trailer was hauling a John Deere lawn mower, according to the affidavit.

Manzanares was found inside the residence and arrested on an unrelated warrant.

The Chevrolet Silverado was found to have been reported stolen from Farmington Auto Auction, 1661 W. Murray Drive in Farmington, the affidavit states. The lawn mower and trailer were reported stolen from Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, according to the affidavit.

Ray Vickers, the owner of Farmington Auto Auction, told the detective three other vehicles besides the Silverado were stolen from his property. He showed the detective surveillance footage that showed three suspects burglarizing cars and sheds at the business before fleeing in the stolen vehicles.

Manzanares was being held Monday at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $137,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

He is scheduled to appear Thursday at a preliminary examination hearing.

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