Numerous stolen items out of Bernalillo have been recovered by state police after a patrol officer came across a vehicle in Ruidoso reported as stolen.
On Aug. 9, around 1 a.m., a New Mexico State Police officer did a routine check of a license plate at a convenience store.
The vehicle, located at the gas pumps, was reported stolen on June 21.
The officer approached a man and a woman by the vehicle. Both of them said they were only passengers, and that someone else was driving the vehicle.
According to a press release from NMSP public information officer Carl Christiansen, the officer had both individuals sit on a curb, waiting for the driver to arrive.
“After a period of time, the officer asked the clerks (inside the convenience store) if another individual was seen with the passengers,” Christiansen said. “They indicated the male had keys with him and no one else was witnessed with them upon arrival.”
Christiansen said the Albuquerque man, 33-year-old Jonathan Martinez, eventually showed the officer where the keys were, as he had thrown them into an adjacent grass area. The woman said she didn’t know the vehicle was stolen, and that Martinez had been driving it for over a month, which correlated with the check of when the vehicle was reported stolen.
“The officer requested and obtained a search warrant through the court,” Christian said. “During the search, numerous items were found and led back to burglaries in the Bernalillo, New Mexico area.”
Martinez was then arrested and charged with a second offense of receiving/transferring a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of burglary tools, unlawful possession of switchblades, possession of drug paraphernalia and false evidence of title or registration (Alter).
The New Mexico State Police asks the public if they believe they have been victims of burglary out of the Bernalillo area within the last two months to call (575) 762-9333, and describe the items stolen.