Suspect allegedly stole pickup warming up in driveway

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of burglarizing multiple vehicles along with stealing two firearms and a pickup truck in late February in the Flora Vista area.

Zachariah Yazzie, 30, is accused of 11 felony charges including aggravated burglary, three counts of burglary of a vehicle, two counts of larceny of a firearm along with possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of vehicle theft, according to court records.

He is accused of stealing a pickup truck along with burglarizing several items from three vehicles including two handguns, a toolbox with tools, a tablet computer and insulin with syringes. He's also accused of tampering with evidence, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Yazzie did not have a public defender assigned to this case on Friday.

The investigation was launched by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office on the morning of Feb. 26 when deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Road 3542 in the Flora Vista area on reports of vehicle theft.

One of the alleged victims stated his 2017 Dodge Ram was warming up in his driveway when he heard someone drive away in the truck at a high rate of speed.

The items in the truck allegedly stolen by Yazzie included a Ruger Security 9mm handgun, two loaded magazines, an iPod and keys to the victim's workplace.

About 10 minutes later, another alleged victim called dispatch and stated his garage was broken into and items were stolen from a nearby residence on County Road 3535, about .3 miles away from the residence on 3542.

There were two vehicles burglarized at the second residence, and a Springfield XD .45 handgun was stolen. Also missing were an iPad tablet computer, Apple Watch smartwatch, two pairs of sunglasses and keys, according to court documents.

Investigators reviewed surveillance video from a neighbor, Farmer's Market grocery store and the Circle K gas station.

The stolen pickup truck was found by Farmington police around 4:07 a.m. on Feb. 28 at the Anasazi Inn at 903 W. Main St. in Farmington. The vehicle was towed to the Sheriff's Office impound lot.

Farmington Police Department officers were later dispatched to the motel around 11:27 a.m. on reports of someone inside a room that was supposed to be unoccupied.

Yazzie and a woman were found in the room and arrested for breaking and entering.

Items from the three burglarized vehicles were found in the motel room, including the two handguns, the iPad and two pairs of sunglasses.

Clothes Yazzie allegedly wore when recorded on surveillance video were found in the motel room.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold Yazzie without bond pending trial.

The motion cited felony convictions for armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and aggravated battery and also stated he has a history of failing to appear for court.

Yazzie's preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning in Aztec 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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