Two men charged in connection to burglary

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — Two men arrested in connection with burglarizing and stealing vehicles from a Bloomfield business have been charged in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Aaron Lavaghn Brown

Travis Brewton, 43, and Aaron Brown, 34, have been charged with larceny over $20,000, conspiracy to commit larceny over $20,000 and disposing of stolen property over $20,000.

They are also charged with two counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and three counts of burglary of a vehicle.

Law enforcement officials arrested Brown on Nov. 24 in Aztec, and Brewton was arrested on Nov. 25 in Bloomfield.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated a San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched on Nov. 9 to take a burglary report at Halo Services Inc. in Bloomfield. At the scene, the deputy was told by an employee that various mechanic's tools had been stolen from the property. The employee estimated the value of the stolen items at approximately $26,922.

Travis Shine Brewton

In addition, two company vehicles were burglarized and missing from the property. One was a white 2013 Ford F350 flatbed welding truck, valued at $38,000, and the other was a white 2014 Dodge Ram 2500, valued at $37,000.

Both trucks were recovered on Nov. 12 when a deputy found the Ford truck off County Road 3175 southwest of Aztec and the Dodge truck was located off County Road 5251 southwest of Bloomfield.

The affidavit further explains that the deputy obtained surveillance footage from Halo Services that showed a mid-2000s truck that appeared to have a black cab, a light-colored bed and no rear bumper at the burglary scene. The video also captured three suspects wearing masks and gloves as they worked together to complete the burglary.

Additionally, the affidavit cites information about separate incidents during which an ATM was stolen from a gas station in Bloomfield on Oct. 23 and another ATM was taken from a gas station at 531 E. Broadway in Farmington on Nov. 18. A surveillance photograph from the gas station in Bloomfield showed a truck similar to the one used in the burglary at Halo Services.

On Nov. 12, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant for an address in Aztec that Brewton used, and they learned Brewton and Brown had been at the residence on Nov. 8.

Officials also found items related to the truck seen in the video at the burglaries, the affidavit states.

Brewton and Brown remained in custody today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and have preliminary examination hearings scheduled for Dec. 8 in Aztec.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.