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Owners of the Casa Blanca Inn & Suites have security footage of two suspects entering the main building, taking property and leaving. Wochit

Suspects have burglarized Casa Blanca Inn and Suites twice in last five weeks

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FARMINGTON — A co-owner of a Farmington bed-and-breakfast inn hopes security footage will help identify two suspects who burglarized the business and stole more than $13,000 in items.

The incident took place around 5 a.m. Tuesday at the Casa Blanca Inn and Suites at 505 E. La Plata St., according to co-owner Shirley Isgar.

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It was the second burglary within five weeks after another break-in at the inn was reported to the Farmington Police Department on the morning of Aug. 19.

The two burglaries are the first ones to occur at the business since Isgar and her husband David Alford purchased the inn in 2004.

A large, vintage Navajo rug and a Mexican serape worth a total of about $4,500 were taken in the first break-in, Isgar said.

Several items, including six Navajo rugs and two Navajo ceremonial baskets worth more than $13,300, were stolen Tuesday morning, according to Isgar.

A total of about $17,800 worth of items have been stolen from the business.

"Well, obviously, it's very disheartening," Isgar said about the burglaries. 

The cases are under investigation by the detective division, police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said.

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A variety of Native American art is on display throughout the inn, including the eight rooms on the property.

Two of the rooms in a separate building on the property were occupied at the time of the burglary, innkeeper Linda Kimmel said.

She said the business has completed some security upgrades and is planning more in the future, but she declined to specify the nature of the upgrades out of safety concerns.

There were no occupants of the main building that also houses the common living space when the second burglary occurred.

Isgar said she was upset that the suspects were able to enter the common living space from a courtyard door, complete the burglary and exit the room in less than 90 seconds.

A security camera installed in the room captured footage of the two suspects taking Navajo rugs off the wall and other items belonging to the business on Tuesday morning.

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Isgar hopes the neighborhood will be safer since the public is being alerted about the crimes. She also hopes that will lead to the arrest of the suspects.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is encouraged to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

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

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