Ninth suspect arrested in alleged criminal ring

Man accused of helping steal ATM from La Plata store

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON — A ninth suspect involved in an alleged San Juan County racketeering ring has been arrested.

Raymond Turnbull

Raymond Turnbull, 43, was arrested and booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on March 3, according to court documents. He was being held at the center today on a $50,000 cash/surety bond.

Turnbull is facing six felony charges on accusations of working with Travis "Shine" Brewton to steal an ATM on July 25 from a Giant gas station at 1241 N.M. Highway 170 in La Plata.

He had not retained legal representation as of this afternoon, according to court records.

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The charges include burglary of a structure, criminal damage to the property and larceny, according to the criminal complaint.

There was $10,160 stolen from the ATM, according to court documents.

Turnbull pleaded no contest in 2009 to a felony charge for escaping from jail and in 2000 on a felony forgery charge, according to court records. He was one of 14 suspects accused of participating in a series of larcenies and thefts across the county.

The sixth-month investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and Farmington police has led to about 180 charges being filed against the suspects. Five of the suspects are still wanted.

Surveillance footage from the Giant gas station showed the alleged ATM theft took place about 3:39 a.m. on July 25, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The footage showed two men exiting a white Ford F-150 truck and allegedly breaking the windows of the front door of the gas station, according to court documents. Both men then wrapped a chain from the truck around the ATM and allegedly pulled the ATM from the store. They then allegedly loaded the ATM into the bed of the truck and departed from the scene.

That was the first of four alleged ATM thefts that Brewton was involved in between July and November last year, according to court documents.

Turnbull had his first court appearance on March 6. His preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.