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Warrant issued for man accused of aggravated burglary
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Martell Graham is accused of aggravated burglary and larceny
Editor's note: The charges against Martell Graham were dismissed by prosecutors on Sept. 5, 2017.
FARMINGTON — A warrant has been issued for a Bloomfield man accused of stealing nearly $8,600 in property from a residence.
Martell Graham, 19, is accused of aggravated burglary, larceny (over $2,500 but less than $20,000), breaking and entering and criminal damage to property, according to court documents and records.
A witness told police he observed Graham and an unidentified man on May 18 taking items from a tool shed at a residence on County Road 5010, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The two men also allegedly broke into the residence and "ransacked" the home, taking an empty gun safe valued at $200. The windshield of a 1966 Ford pickup truck was also smashed during the incident.
The victim told a San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy the stolen property is worth $8,600. That included three tool boxes full of personalized tools engraved with his name and a relative's name and valued at about $6,000.
A handgun valued at $1,200 and an air compressor valued at $400 were among the items stolen. The affidavit does not state whether the items were recovered.
While speaking to police, the witness said he observed a black Dodge vehicle with a tall spoiler on the trunk lid leave a residence on County Road 5023 and travel to the victim's residence on County Road 5010.
The witness also observed the two males take what appeared to be a four-wheeler from the residence, according to court documents.
As part of the investigation, police spotted a vehicle matching the witnesses' description at a residence in the 500 block of Shirley Street in Bloomfield.
When executing a search warrant at the residence on County Road 5023, a riding lawn mower was found on the property. The victim later identified the mower as his, according to court documents.
Graham spoke to police on June 13. He told police the witness is harassing him by falsely accusing him of the burglary.
He also told police he did not drive the vehicle on the date of the burglary, adding he loaned it to a friend and was at work that day.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477 or non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622.
Information can also be submitted by sending a message to the sheriff's office Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SJCSO.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.