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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of 10 felonies for allegedly stealing and burglarizing four semitrucks from a Farmington business after two forms of identification were found in a stolen vehicle.

Clyde Smith, 53, is accused of four third-degree felony counts of vehicle theft, four fourth-degree felony counts of vehicle burglary and two fourth-degree felony counts of criminal damage to property, according to court records.

Sarah Field, Smith's attorney, did not respond to requests for comment.

Smith is accused of stealing and burglarizing four semitrucks from U.S. Transport at 1205 Mission Ave. in Farmington and causing damage to a semitruck and a gate belonging to the business, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The investigation was launched when Farmington police officers were dispatched around 6:18 a.m. on Sept. 20 to 1090 Bisti Highway on reports of a possible stolen vehicle.

The semitruck was confirmed stolen by a U.S. Transport manager. Two employees of U.S. Transport also arrived at the scene.

While at the scene, one of the employees received information two other semitrucks had been stolen from the business. One was found about 100 feet from the business, and another one was believed to be in the area of Hogback, based up on its GPS coordinates.

A crime scene investigator found a fast food bag in the first semitruck allegedly containing Smith's booking bracelet from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and a wallet containing Smith's Medicaid card.

The manager believed Smith had trouble driving the first vehicle but succeeded in driving away the semitruck believed to be in Hogback. It was later found around eight or nine miles east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 491 and Navajo Route 36 along N 36.

A female witness located in the neighborhood where that truck was located said she had spoken to the driver the night before. She identified the man as Smith from a photo she was shown, and she said he appeared intoxicated while driving the semitruck.

Farmington police were dispatched to the fourth stolen vehicle around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 to U.S. Transport.

An employee stated he observed the semitruck on the side of the road just outside the front gate with two flat tires and a damaged crank on the underside of the truck.

It was determined about $4,300 worth of damage had been done to the truck found outside the front gate, and the front gate of the business had sustained an estimated $2,000 worth of damage.

The video surveillance of the yard and video retrieved from a camera inside the cab of the truck were reviewed. The manager said the suspect looked like the same person who had stolen three of the company's trucks about three days earlier.

The investigating officer then heard on his radio that Smith had been located at the corner of West Main Avenue and Auburn Avenue in Farmington. Smith was taken into custody and was identified by police as the man in the video footage.

The defendant did not speak to officers as he invoked his right to an attorney.

Smith waived his preliminary hearing on the morning of Oct. 2 in Farmington Magistrate Court, and the case was bound over to district court.

He was released on his own recognizance on Sept. 23 from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

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

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