Published: 1:33 pm, Wed. Aug. 23rd, 2017Updated: 1:33 pm
A New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officer on patrol pulled into a convenience store in Ruidoso around 1 a.m. Aug. 9 and performed a routine plate check on a vehicle at the gas pumps there.
The tag came back stolen, and the officer approached a male and female standing near the vehicle, who stated they were passengers. After a period of waiting, however, no driver emerged from the store. The officer asked employees if they’d seen another party with the pair, and they indicated the male individual had keys with him in the store and no other people were witnessed.
On confrontation, the male led the officer to the keys, which he’d thrown into an adjacent grassy area. The female proceeded to tell police she didn’t know the vehicle was stolen and that the male had been driving it for more than a month.
That information correlated with the stolen vehicle report, which was filed June 21.
Officers obtained a search warrant and found numerous items in the vehicle that were connected with burglaries in the Bernalillo area.
Jonathan Martinez, 33, of Albuquerque, was subsequently arrested on charges of receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle (second offense), possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of burglary tools, unlawful possession of switchblades, possession of drug paraphernalia, and false evidence of a title or registration (altered).
The NMSP is asking anyone who was a victim of a burglary in the Bernalillo area within the last two months to contact them at 575-762-9333 and describe the items stolen.