Man accused of burglaries faces 16 charges

Joshua Kellogg
Orlando Johnson

FARMINGTON — A man is facing more than 16 charges, including felony vehicle theft, based on accusations he committed multiple burglaries in a north Farmington neighborhood.

Farmington resident Orlando Johnson, 28, was charged with eight felony and eight misdemeanor charges on accusations he broke into multiple vehicles, a recreational vehicle trailer and a shed in the area of Skyline Drive and Dustin Avenue on March 25, according to the criminal complaint.

He has not yet retained legal representation, according to court records.

Among the items allegedly stolen were an electric generator, two red tool boxes from a Williams Services company truck, an orange bike and clothing, according to the statement for probable cause.

Johnson is also facing a felony vehicle theft charge for allegedly stealing a Chevy Trailblazer from a home in Bayfield, Colo., according to court documents.

He also had an active warrant for his arrest out of Grand Junction, Colo., for a parole violation, according to a criminal complaint.

Johnson initially resisted arrest and fled from Farmington Police Department officers when he was confronted outside a Keystone Outback travel trailer, according to court documents. During a search of the trailer, officers found Johnson's identification card.

Johnson later allegedly told a detective he hid in a hot tub at a home on East Twilight Drive in an attempt to evade police, according to court documents.

A resident who lived in the 3800 block of North Dustin Avenue assisted police by providing an image of Johnson captured on a video camera, which provided officers with a description of his clothing, according to court documents.

When he was arrested, officers found a black and silver marijuana pipe and a pair of brass knuckles in Johnson's clothing, according to the statement for probable cause.

Johnson told officers and detectives he allegedly cut the fuel lines of two vehicles to get gasoline for his SUV, which was out of gasoline.

Johnson allegedly broke into a shed to steal a rubber hose to help remove fuel from a grey and red Ford extended cab truck, according to court documents. He also allegedly broke into a Mini Cooper convertible by cutting through the vehicle's roof.

When asked about the SUV he was driving — which was reported stolen, Johnson allegedly told the detective he took it from a friend he was angry at, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court. He is currently being held without bond, pending a hearing on a request to extradite him to Colorado.

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