Hampton is accused of vehicle theft, larceny, arson and disposing of stolen property


FARMINGTON — A man facing accusations of burglary and larceny has new charges filed against him on accusations of stealing a pickup truck and equipment from a local company and destroying the vehicle near a well site.

John Hampton, 49, is accused of five charges including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle (third or subsequent offense), larceny, arson and receiving stolen property, according to the criminal complaint.

Graham Gurnee, Hampton's public defender, did not respond to requests for comment.

A white Ford pickup truck along with equipment from LF Well Service at 5696 U.S. Highway 64 was reported stolen on June 17, according to court documents.

The equipment included a welder, a bottle of oxygen, a bottle of acetylene and an air compressor. The truck and work bed were valued at $17,500. The stolen equipment was valued around $30,000, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Owner Luis Flores told a San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy someone had stolen the vehicle and equipment and used the equipment to cut through locks on the gates of the business.

Shoe impressions around the scene were photographed and logged.

The truck was found "burnt out" on June 26 near a well site off County Road 4050 near Navajo Lake, according to court documents.

Detectives for the sheriff's office found the compressor and welder at Hampton's residence while executing a search warrant on a different case, the affidavit states.

Separate search warrants were issued to search his home for stolen property and collect Hampton's boots.

In the affidavit, law enforcement believes the sole of Hampton's boots closely resembles the shoe impressions found at LF Well Service.

Hampton was incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center as of thisafternoon on a $10,000 cash at 10 percent bond for the case.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court.

There is a separate set of charges in one case pending against Hampton.

A case where he is accused of two counts of residential burglary, one count of larceny and one count of conspiracy to commit residential burglary was recently bound over to district court.

Hampton and co-defendant are accused of burglarizing a residence around June 20 near N.M. Highway 511, northwest of Navajo Lake State Park,

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

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