Two men arraigned on auto burglary charges

Aaron Brown, 34, and Travis Brewton, 44, pleaded not guilty in connection to several incidents in November

Noel Lyn Smith
Aaron Lavaghn Brown

AZTEC — Two men accused of committing auto burglaries and larceny pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in district court today.

Aaron Brown, 34, and Travis Brewton, 44, were arraigned in district court, and each faces charges of larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, disposing of stolen property, two counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and three counts of burglary of a vehicle.

Brown faces additional charges for a separate incident on Nov. 23 that police say involved multiple traffic violations, including aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges today.

Travis "Shine" Brewton

The men made separate appearances in court. After entering not guilty pleas, both of their pretrial hearings were scheduled for April 24.

Brown and Brewton remain in custody at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Police arrested Brown on Nov. 24 in Aztec and Brewton on Nov. 25 in Bloomfield.

Police on Nov. 9 took a burglary report at Halo Services Inc. in Bloomfield, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Mechanic's tools worth nearly $27,000 and two company vehicles — valued at about $75,000 — were reported as stolen, according to the affidavit.

Surveillance footage from Halo Services of the truck used in the burglary matched surveillance photographs from a Bloomfield gas station where an ATM was stolen on Oct. 23, the affidavit states. The affidavit also states another ATM was taken from a gas station in Farmington on Nov. 18.


Two men charged in connection to burglary

When police executed a search warrant on Nov. 12 at an Aztec address Brewton used, they found items related to the truck police believe was used in the burglaries, according to the affidavit.

The charges Brown faces from the Nov. 23 incident were filed after a San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call to assist the Bloomfield Police Department in stopping a vehicle.

At 11:23 p.m., the deputy observed a vehicle traveling on westbound U.S. Highway 64 near milemarker 58 that failed to maintain the road and was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to the statement of probable cause.

The deputy continued to follow the vehicle as it traveled into Aztec before it pulled into the parking lot of the Aztec Police Department and came to a stop on the lawn.

Brown exited the vehicle with his hands up and laid on the ground, according to the report. He was taken into custody without incident.

Brewton is also facing additional legal proceedings.

He has an extradition hearing in district court on Wednesday for a warrant in La Plata County in Colorado, and two civil cases involving credit card debt were filed against him in December.

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