New burglary charges filed in alleged crime ring
A total of 46 additional charges have been filed against five suspects involved into the investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and Farmington Police Department.
FARMINGTON — New charges have been filed against several suspects involved in a crime ring that allegedly robbed homes throughout San Juan County, accusing them of also stealing from post offices from Waterflow to Navajo Dam.
A total of 46 additional charges have been filed against five suspects targeted in a nearly six-month investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and Farmington Police Department, according to court records. A few had some of the charges against them dismissed.
A total of 14 suspects were accused in a wide range of burglaries and larcenies across San Juan County including the theft of firearms, jewelry, taxidermy mounts and vehicles.
Only one suspect involved in the investigation, David Berryhill Jr., has not been arrested and is still wanted on outstanding warrants, according to detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln with the Sheriff's Office.
Berryhill faces a second-degree felony charge for racketeering along with felony charges for receiving stolen property, according to the criminal complaint.
Most of the charges filed were related to burglaries of several U.S. Post Office locations in the county between July 2 and Nov. 7, according to court documents.
Travis "Shine" Brewton faces 21 new felony charges, filed on April 6, based on accusations he broke into six post office locations, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
He was initially facing 53 charges including 44 felonies for larceny and burglaries at area homes, government agencies and businesses.
Marc Curnutt, Brewton's attorney, declined comment on the new charges.
Marcos Herrera is also facing 12 new felony charges filed on April 6 for non-residential burglary, breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit non-residential burglary, according to court records.
Herrera was initially charged with 24 felony counts based on his alleged involvement in an ATM theft at an Aztec gas station, stealing firearms, ammunition and other items in a home burglary, and other crimes.
He currently has no legal representation, according to court records.
In Brewton's criminal complaint, he told law enforcement officers Herrera was involved in the "first rounds of USPS burglaries."
Although a felony racketeering charge against Aaron Brown was dismissed on March 9, he faces six new felony charges for his alleged involvement in burglarizing U.S. Post Office locations in Blanco and Navajo Dam, according to court records and documents.
Scott Curtis, Brown's attorney, did not respond to requests for comment.
Jeremy Davis was charged with three felony counts on April 6 for allegedly breaking into a post office location in Waterflow, according to court records and documents.
Attempts to contact Cosme Ripol, Davis' attorney, were not successful.
Both Brown and Davis were initially charged with stealing nearly $27,000 in tools and two vehicles from Halo Services Inc. in Bloomfield in November.
Jerry Sharski is facing four new felony charges filed on April 6 on accusations of breaking into Sutherland Farms at 745 County Road 2900 in Aztec with Brewtown and stealing two safes, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Pilar Murray, Sharski's attorney, said her client does not have legal representation for the new charges.
She also filed a motion today in Aztec Magistrate Court to dismiss the first set of charges without prejudice.
Sharski was initially facing eight charges including four felonies for allegedly breaking into two county solid waste dump stations, according to the criminal complaint.
One of the suspects involved in the investigation recently had most of his charges dismissed by the San Juan County District Attorney's Office.
Zachary Goar had 26 of his 29 felony charges including a second-degree racketeering charge dismissed on April 6, according to court records.
He still faces felony aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and larceny of a firearm charges.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.