Landlord accused of burglary, battery

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 47-year-old Farmington landlord was arrested Monday on allegations she broke into a tenant's residence and stole items as reimbursement for past due rent.

Linda Henry was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated burglary as a second-degree felony and petty misdemeanor battery.

Henry was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. She had not yet been appointed an attorney by the court or retained private representation, according to court records.

Farmington police officers were dispatched shortly after 10 a.m. Monday to a residence at 2506 Almon Drive in Farmington after receiving reports of a burglary, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Renter Stephanie Stalker, 28, told officers she found her landlord, Henry, in the house without permission and told her to leave. She said Henry screamed at her and grabbed a DVD player and portable box fan that belonged to her roommate, Brittany Lee, the warrant states. Henry then allegedly pushed Stalker and fled the scene, according to the warrant.

Officers contacted Henry by phone a few hours later, the warrant states.

She told officers that Lee's boyfriend told her to visit the Almon Drive residence to receive $300 in past-due rent.

Henry denied entering the residence or taking items, according to the warrant.

Lee, 19, and her boyfriend both denied speaking to Henry and denied owing her any money, the warrant states.

The items allegedly stolen were valued at between $55 and $70, according to the warrant.

An initial court appearance has not yet been scheduled for Henry, according to court records.

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