Farmington man accused of stealing firearms from pawn shop
Suspect allegedly left wallet at the crime scene
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of burglarizing a Kirtland pawn shop by entering through a dog door and stealing five guns.
Joshua Schmidlkofer, 33, is accused of a second-degree felony count of aggravated burglary and five counts of larceny of a firearm, according to court records.
Schmidlkofer allegedly broke into Wagon Wheel Pawn at 4354 U.S. Highway 64 on June 4 and stole five handguns, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
He did not have legal representation Tuesday.
San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Wagon Wheel Pawn around 5:26 a.m. on June 4 in reference to an alarm.
The business owner arrived on scene and went into the business with a corporal.
It was discovered someone had forced entry into the building through a door with a dog door installed.
A board securing the dog door had been removed.
A black leather wallet was found on the floor inside the doorway. It contained an ID for a male not charged in the case and an EBT card for Schmidlkofer, according to court documents.
Investigators went to visit the residence of Schmidlkofer's girlfriend at a Farmington trailer park.
They found two sets of shoe impressions near a Jeep outside her residence.
The shoe impressions appeared to the same as shoe impressions found outside Wagon Wheel Pawn, according to court documents.
A search warrant was obtained for the Jeep and the residence.
A set of shoes whose tread pattern is believed to be the same tread pattern from the pawn shop were retrieved from a bedroom in the residence.
The man whose ID was found in the wallet along with Schmidlkofer's EBT card was arrested June 20 in a separate case.
He told a deputy he picked up Schmidlkofer and Schmidlkofer's friend at Wagon Wheel Pawn on June 4 but did not know he took handguns, according to court documents.
Schmidlkofer's preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning in Aztec Magistrate Court.
He was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Friday on a cash bond.
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