Suspect told police he pawned about $7,500 of stolen property

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FARMINGTON — The owner of a Farmington business that was burglarized believes a suspect in the case allegedly committed the crime because he didn't get a job for which he had applied.

Dominic Hufford, 27, of Farmington, faces four charges, including nonresidential burglary and retaining stolen property, according to court records.

He is accused of burglarizing a Farmington business and taking more than $15,000 in property, according to the probable cause statement.

Shaheen Rassoul, Hufford's former public defender in a separate case, said Hufford's pending cases were being transferred to a contract public defender.

A Farmington Police Department officer was dispatched around 7:31 p.m. on Aug. 21 to speak to the victim of an alleged burglary.

The victim told police when he arrived at his business at 603 E. Main St., he found a broken window and about $15,000 in equipment and tools were missing, according to court documents.

The victim recently had purchased the Do It Right Complete Auto Repair business and has not opened it up for business yet., according to Farmington police spokesperson Georgette Allen.

The victim added he knew who had burglarized his property and wanted police assistance in recovering the property. The victim told police that Hufford had applied for a job but was not hired. The two spoke after the burglary was discovered, and the victim told police that Hufford had confessed to him and they had made arrangements for the victim to pick up the stolen property.

The victim and the officer went to the Mesa Trailer Park on Troy King Road to meet with Hufford. Hufford was waiting with the victim's property at the entrance to the trailer park, where he was detained by the officer.

 Hufford was described as cooperative and confessed he had broken into the business and had taken the tools and equipment.

The victim stated he didn't see all the tools and equipment that had been stolen, and Hufford told police he had pawned about $7,500 worth of items at a pawn shop in Kirtland. Hufford provided the pawn slip to the officer, which was collected as evidence.

Drug paraphernalia and 1.6 grams of marijuana allegedly were found on Hufford by the officer.

Hufford had three warrants for failure to appear for cases in Aztec and Farmington Magistrate courts, according to court records.

He was being held today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $14,500 surety bond.

Hufford's preliminary hearing is set for Wednesdaytoday morning 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 jkellogg@daily-times.com

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