Dalon Finch is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of stealing a pickup truck from a Kirtland business that had fired him.

Dalon Finch, 34, was charged in Aztec Magistrate Court with one felony count of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to court records.

Finch is accused of stealing a Dodge Ram truck on May 19 from Manning's Greenhouse at 21 County Road 6299, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

He had has no legal representation on the charge as of this afternoon, according to court records.

The company truck was unlocked at the time with the key in the ignition, according to court documents. Owner Jack Manning told a police corporal for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office the key was left inside so employees could use the truck. He also stated Finch was an ex-employee who was fired because of his behavior.

Finch was observed by Manning and more than one employee near the business before the truck was stolen around 4 p.m., according to court documents.

One of the employees told police she saw the vehicle being driven away from the business at a high rate of speed.

The truck later was discovered in Albuquerque on May 24. It was found abandoned in a lane of traffic near the intersection of Eubank Avenue and Interstate 40.

As part of the investigation, detectives obtained a possible tire tread impression that was photographed at a residence police visited on May 20 to interview Finch. A family member told police Finch had left for Albuquerque the night before.

Police believe the tire impression at the residence is comparable to the tire tread on the recovered truck.

Finch was arrested on May 28 in Albuquerque on a probation violation for a fraudulent use of an illegally obtained credit card conviction, according to court records.

A bench warrant was issued because Finch failed to report to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on May 22, according to court records.

He was transferred from Albuquerque to the county jail on June 14, where he remained incarcerated this afternoon on a no-bond hold.

Finch recently pleaded no contest to a felony count of receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle in Albuquerque district court as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

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

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