Two suspected auto burglars arrested this week
FARMINGTON — Two men suspected of burglarizing and stealing a number of vehicles were arrested in separate incidents this week, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
Warrants had been issued Tuesday for Travis "Shine" Brewton and Aaron Brown for allegedly burglarizing and stealing two trucks from Halo Services Inc. in Bloomfield, according to the release.
Brewton was taken into custody Friday night after leading deputies on a chase that led into an area off U.S. Highway 550 between Bloomfield and Aztec, the release states. Deputies had been informed he was at a residence on County Road 5721 in Bloomfield. When they arrived at the scene, they saw a brown Ford pickup occupied by two men and one woman leaving the residence.
Deputies tried to pull the vehicle over, but the female driver headed for the hills between Bloomfield and Aztec off 550. The deputies later found the vehicle abandoned by the side of the road and saw two people running in different directions.
The sheriff’s office had received information that Brewton could be armed, so the agency used its helicopter and a SWAT team to track the suspects, according to the release.
The release states a male was found and later released, but Brewton and a female were not apprehended.
Brewton was found later at a residence on Calle del Rio in Bloomfield and taken into custody without incident.
On Thursday, Brown was arrested after engaging law enforcement personnel in a vehicle pursuit.
During the chase, the vehicle Brown was driving hit stop sticks that had been deployed by the sheriff’s office and the Aztec Police Department, the release states.
Brown eventually lost control and ran onto the lawn at the Aztec Police Department, almost hitting the building, according to the release.