Police seek suspects in commercial burglaries
Thousands of dollars in electronics stolen during incidents
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department is searching for suspects involved in two separate commercial burglaries during which thousands of dollars in electronics were stolen.
The first incident took place around 8:52 a.m. on March 8 at the Verizon store at 4323 E. Main St.
A male suspect allegedly broke into the business and stole about $3,600 in smartphones, according to police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.
The lock on the front door was broken, and a display case was damaged during the burglary as the suspect allegedly stole several Apple iPhone 7s and Samsung Galaxy 7s, according to Allen. The cost to replace the display case is projected at about $1,000.
The male suspect was wearing a black hat with yellow letters spelling out "Lit," according to a screen capture of security video released by Farmington police. Police are hoping someone will be able to recognize the individual's hat, according to a post on the police department's Facebook page.
The second incident involves an unidentified male who allegedly stole about $3,700 in items from the Sam's Club at 4500 E. Main St.
Officers were dispatched around 1:44 p.m. on March 28 after employees had conducted an inventory check and discovered several items were missing, according to Allen.
Employees reviewing sales through their register system and video surveillance discovered the suspect entered the store around 7:30 p.m. on March 20. He allegedly loaded several items onto a flatbed cart, then showed an employee a receipt as he exited the store with the stolen goods, Allen said.
A 65-inch Samsung HDTV, a 55-inch Samsung curved HDTV, Samsung and a Night Owl security systems, and two coolers were the items stolen.
The male suspect is described by police as being in his late 30s or early 40s. He was wearing a red baseball hat, along with a green polo shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call San Juan County dispatch at 505-334-6622 or San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.