Spate of more than 80 property crime reports leads police to find, question three suspects

Police withhold identities of suspects, seek search warrant for a vehicle

John R. Moses
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON – A spate of more than 80 reported incidents of property damage starting on Feb. 14 led police from three agencies to track down a suspect vehicle and question three suspects. Police also sought a search warrant for that vehicle.

Farmington police, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and Durango police all took reports of windows being shot out of vehicles.

“Projectiles, likely fired from a slingshot, are believed to have caused the broken windows,” Farmington police said Feb. 16 in a press release. “More reports of the same nature came in Saturday night, as well as a report of a man being shot in the leg with a paintball, with a description of a possible suspect car.”

Farmington police and sheriff’s deputies caught up with a car matching that description, but would not say where and when the car was stopped or identify the 17-year-old male, 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male who were in the car. 

Police spokesperson Nicole Brown on Feb. 16 told The Daily Times that information was not yet available for release. She said the search warrant was still "in progress" on Feb. 17.

"We are asking anyone who possibly has any surveillance footage of the crimes to call the detective tip line at 505-599-1068," Brown said via email on Feb. 17.

Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe praised the Sheriff’s Office and Durango police for quick work, along with Farmington police, in identifying the suspects and the suspect vehicle.

"The information provided by our citizens coupled with the coordinated effort of area law enforcement, led to us quickly identifying and locating our suspects," Hebbe said in the release.

Durango police reported at least 22 incidents in various parts of town and put out a Crimestoppers alert Feb. 15. They also called for residents to check their security footage to help police gather evidence. 

The Durango Crimestoppers alert urged Durango residents to report the incidents online. Durango residents may also call their Crimestoppers hotline at 970-247-1112.

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