The suspect was sentenced Monday morning


FARMINGTON — A Bloomfield man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for burglarizing a residence, stealing about $18,000 in property and causing more than $6,000 in damage to the residence.

Albert Shelby, 48, was sentenced on Monday in front of Chief District Judge Karen Townsend in Aztec District Court, according to San Juan County District Attorney's Office Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien.

He was convicted of residential burglary, larceny and criminal damage to property during a one-day jury trial on April 3rd.

Ruth Wheeler, Shelby's attorney, declined comment on the sentencing.

Townsend sentenced Shelby to 19-and-a-half years in prison and suspended nine-and-a-half years of the sentence, according to O'Brien.

Shelby was charged with breaking into a residence west of Navajo Dam, causing about $6,700 in damage to the residence and taking about $18,800 in property, according to court documents.

The alleged incident took place in early February 2018 at a residence along N.M. Highway 511.

A UPS employee contacted law enforcement and stated he tried to get a signature for a package on Feb. 14, 2018, and Feb. 15, 2018, and noticed the door was slightly open and no one answered when he shouted into the residence.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office reviewed footage from a game camera on the property.

A blue pickup truck is shown in the footage backed up to the front door of the residence.

It also showed two people, one of them wearing gray and black camouflage pants. One of the suspects walked over to the game camera and pointed it at the ground.

A photo of the pickup truck was posted on social media.

The deputies learned of the truck's location in the 300 block of North Third Street in Bloomfield. Shelby was its registered owner.

Deputies went to the residence and observed that the truck's tires matched the impressions found at the crime scene.

A search warrant was executed on the residence and some of the stolen property was found, including a table mounted router, a reciprocating cordless saw and two 18-volt battery chargers with batteries, according to court documents.

A pair of black and grey camouflage pants were found at the residence and a pry bar was found in the pickup truck.

Shelby did about $6,700 in damage to the residence's front door, dining room window and bedroom door, according to court documents.

The prosecution's sentencing memorandum states Shelby owes about $10,700 in restitution to the victim.

Shelby has prior felony convictions including identity theft, trafficking a controlled substance, aggravated burglary, forgery and commercial burglary.

Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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