Suspect admitted to burglary, fraud during interview with detectives


FARMINGTON — A Spencerville man is accused of burglarizing a Farmington residence, stealing nearly 20 firearms and fraudulently spending nearly $1,600 with bank cards taken during the burglary.

Christopher Blackwell, 41, faces 12 charges, including aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon, tampering with evidence and eight counts of fraud, according to the criminal complaint.

He is accused of burglarizing a Farmington residence, stealing a large amount of property from the residence and fraudulently making eight purchases totaling about $1,591 with stolen bank cards, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Blackwell did not have legal representation Friday and was incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold.

The affidavit states a Farmington Police Department officer was dispatched around 12:03 pm. on May 14 to a residence on the 4700 block of Sunrise Circle on reports of a possible residential burglary.

The home owner told the officer someone burglarized her house between 7:43 a.m. and noon that day.

More than 40 items were taken, including five pistols, four shotguns and 10 rifles, along with a compound bow, jewelry and an Apple MacBook Air laptop computer.

Personal documents, including passports, birth certificates, vehicle titles and bank cards, also were taken.

A Farmington detective was contacted on May 17 and was told someone had used a stolen bank card belonging to the homeowners at several locations across San Juan County on May 16.

Security footage obtained from the Walmart at 4600 E. Main St. showed a male later identified as Blackwell wearing a camouflage hat, a gray shirt with a white skull on it, a black undershirt and blue jeans.

Blackwell was allegedly driving a maroon pickup truck in the footage.

A male with a similar clothing description was found in security footage from a Safeway grocery store, according to court documents.  

Blackwell later was taken into custody in Aztec.

The Farmington detective had shared images from the security footage with a detective for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, who spotted Blackwell driving through Aztec in a maroon pickup truck.

The Farmington detective arrived at the scene and spoke to Blackwell. He admitted to the burglary and stated the stolen items were located in the truck, according to the affidavit.

The maroon pickup truck was towed to the Farmington Police Department impound lot and searched after a search warrant was obtained. Most of the items taken during the burglary were found in the truck.

During an interview with Farmington detectives, Blackwell also admitted to the fraudulent charges on the bank card, including buying food from a Taco Bell and shelves from Home Depot.

Blackwell told the detectives he entered the residence through an open garage door.

He also stated he had traded a shotgun and pistol to someone for methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Blackwell's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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

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