Robin Perez, John Hampton accused of residential burglary at home near Navajo Lake

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FARMINGTON — One woman has been arrested, and an arrest warrant has been issued for a man allegedly involved in the burglary of a home at Navajo Dam.

Robin Perez, 53, was arrested by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and faces charges including residential burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records and documents.

Perez is accused along with John Hampton, 49, of burglarizing a home on or around June 20 near N.M. Highway 511 northwest of Navajo Lake State Park, law enforcement officials wrote in the arrest warrant affidavit. 

He is wanted on a $100,000 cash/surety bond and is accused of two counts of residential burglary, larceny (more than $2,500 but no more than $20,000) and conspiracy to commit residential burglary, according to court records and documents.

Hampton was described as an "elusive character" who has tried to run from police on multiple occasions, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

The victims told police the burglary around June 20 was the third one that had occurred at their residence this year.

Among the items stolen and later recovered during the most recent burglary were a large pellet stove worth about $5,000, a wooden bench, an inversion table, a coffee table and end tables, white plastic lawn chairs and tables, along with blankets and picture frames, according to court documents.

 

A San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy set up his personal game camera on the victim's property in an effort to identify the alleged suspects burglarizing the home, Lincoln said.

Detectives on June 22 reviewed about 282 images from the game camera taken late at night on June 19 and in the early morning and afternoon of June 20. 

One of the detectives immediately recognized Hampton from the photographs and later recognized Perez, according to court documents.

Perez spoke to detectives who showed up at her home on County Road 3181 and admitted to taking items from the residence off N.M. Highway 511 along with Hampton. 

Several of the items, including the large pellet stove, were recovered from Perez's residence, according to court documents.

Perez was booked and released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

She did not have legal representation as of this afternoon, according to court records.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8 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.

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