Suspect is accused of 14 charges in most recent case

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FARMINGTON — A new set of charges have been filed against a San Juan County man accused of stealing property from multiple Farmington businesses including trailers and a riding lawn mower.

Timothy Fowler, 40, was charged on April 19 and is accused of 14 charges including six fourth-degree felony counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle along with fourth degree felony counts of receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles and tampering with evidence, according to court records.

He is accused of stealing five trailers, a riding lawn mower and aluminum panels from Farmington businesses along with transferring a stolen truck and criminal trespass at four businesses, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Fowler has three pending cases against him.

John Beckstead, Fowler's attorney in two of the cases, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. No attorney was listed for Fowler on the most recent set of charges.

Fowler was arrested in La Plata County, Colorado, after he was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on April 16, Lt. Casey Malone of the Farmington Police Department said.

One of the cases stems from Fowler being arrested by Farmington police around 1:41 p.m. on April 15 at Hutton Plaza at 2501 E. 20th St. for two fourth-degree felony counts of receiving stolen property, according to the probable cause statement.

The owner of a stolen white single cab pickup truck called police and said he observed the vehicle with two males inside of it, according to the probable cause statement.

Fowler, one of the men in the vehicle, told a detective he had been driving the pickup truck and left a trailer that was attached to the truck at another location.

At the same time, a Farmington Police Department detective was investigating a series of crimes at local businesses which appeared similar in nature and which took place around April 13 to April 15, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Four of the businesses told police a gate was busted and property, including a trailer or multiple trailers, were stolen along with white Dodge Ram pickup truck

A riding lawn mower from Tractor Supply Company at 141 S. Browning Parkway was reported stolen on April 13.

Security footage at Tractor Supply company showed a male later identified as Fowler wearing green pants and a brown coat with the hood over his face cutting a security cable.

Fowler allegedly loaded the mower onto a trailer towed by an older model station wagon and left the scene, according to court documents.

Security video footage from Cascade Water at 214 S. Fairview Ave. showed two men in a large white Dodge work truck with a boom enter the property on April 14 and attach a trailer from the business to the truck and drive off.

A male in a white Dodge truck entered the property of Resource Automation at 910 San Juan Blvd. around 4:45 a.m. on April 15 and stole three trailers with property inside including four snow mobiles along with hunting equipment and guns, according to the affidavit.

Fowler spoke to police after being arrested on April 15.

He claimed he owned money on a drug debt to a man nicknamed "Kid" and the two men proceeded to multiple locations in Farmington, where they busted gates and stole trailers.

The white Dodge pickup truck with a boom was recovered along U.S. Highway 550 north of Albuquerque.

Driver Jacob Wenger, was arrested on April 14 for one fourth-degree felony count of receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles, according to court records.

Wenger told a Farmington detective a male identified as "Tim" transferred the vehicle to him. He described "Tim" as wearing green pants and a brown hooded coat.

A brown hooded coat was found in the white Dodge single cab pickup when Fowler was taken into custody.

All the trailers, except the trailer taken from Cascade Water, were recovered, according to court documents.

Fowler is still under investigation, according to Malone.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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