Police seek man in Spencerville gun thefts

Steve Garrison
Rudy Thomas Martinez

FARMINGTON — Police have issued a warrant for a 30-year-old man accused of stealing several guns from a man who was trying to help the suspect kick addictive drugs.

Rudy Thomas Martinez was charged Wednesday with aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, eight counts of firearm theft and misdemeanor vandalism.

Police continued to search today for Martinez, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

A deputy was dispatched Monday afternoon to a residence on County Road 3263 in Spencerville after receiving reports of a burglary, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The homeowner told the deputy he left the residence to get groceries and when he returned he found his front door kicked open and eight guns were stolen.

The homeowner said he told Martinez, whom he sponsored in Narcotics Anonymous, he would be running errands at the time the burglary occurred, the affidavit states.

He said Martinez also knew the location of the firearms that were stolen, according to the affidavit.

A neighbor later told the deputy he witnessed two individuals flee from the residence carrying several items. Deputies provided the neighbor a photo lineup and he identified Martinez as one of the two suspects he witnessed at the scene, according to the affidavit.

Martinez's bond is set at $26,000.

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