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A number of burglaries around Artesia have been solved with the arrests of two local men, one on a half-dozen felony charges.

Brandon James Sevier, 18, of Artesia, was taken into custody last week in connection with four incidents around town.

His crime spree began July 6, when Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched to Godfather’s Washateria, 1315 N. First St., in reference to a burglary.

Surveillance video showed two individuals entering the business after breaking a glass door on the building’s north side. The pair could be seen rummaging through and taking items. One of the suspects could also be seen carrying a firearm.

A bank bag containing approximately $20 was taken, along with a stereo.

Through investigation, the two men were identified as Sevier and Andrew Joshua Estrada, 22, of Artesia. Estrada was subsequently charged with fourth-degree-felony burglary and larceny (less than $250), while Sevier was charged with second-degree-felony aggravated burglary (armed with a deadly weapon), criminal damage to property (less than $1,000), and larceny (less than $250).

Sevier, meanwhile, went on from the July 6 incident to commit several more crimes.

On July 18, officers were advised of the burglary of a vehicle belonging to an employee of Wal-Mart while it was parked in the store’s south lot.

A male identified as Sevier was seen on surveillance video opening the passenger door of and entering a red Chevrolet pickup. According to the incident report, Sevier later admitted to stealing change and a “coin box,” which he used to purchase a soft drink.

That same day, additional surveillance video was provided by Wal-Mart showing Sevier and another individual attempting to burglarize the cubicle at the store’s gas station.

Finally, on Aug. 2, officers were dispatched to the area of York and Main streets in reference to a suspect stealing a tan car from the area. Police were able to locate the vehicle, which Sevier was driving. Inside, they found drug paraphernalia, handguns, and ammunition.

Police spoke with the owner of the vehicle – an acquaintance of Sevier’s – who, according to the report, stated Sevier did not have permission to take his vehicle. Sevier told police one of the two handguns found inside had been given to him by someone with whom he went to school, while the second he stated he purchased “from a guy in Carlsbad.”

A backpack found inside the vehicle was confirmed stolen from the pickup burglarized July 10 at Wal-Mart.

In addition to the charges stemming from the burglary at Godfather’s Washateria, Sevier also now stands charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle (fourth-degree felony), possession of burglary tools (fourth-degree felony), two counts of unlawful possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 19, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon (third-degree felony), burglary of a vehicle (fourth-degree felony) and larceny (less than $250).

Estrada was scheduled to make his first appearance before Judge Daniel Reyes Jr. Friday morning in Artesia Magistrate Court.

Sevier is scheduled to appear for preliminary examination in magistrate court at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22. He is also scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 in Carlsbad Magistrate Court on additional charges of aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property (under $1,000).