Published: 3:00 pm, Wed. Sep. 25th, 2019
ARTESIA — Two Artesia teens were arrested on multiple felony charges after breaking into a local business.
Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched Aug. 24 to the Artesia Family Wellness Center, 412 W. Main St., in reference to an alarm.
Surveillance video was obtained, and on Aug. 26, according to the criminal complaint, police observed two males attempting to force entry by prying at the steel security door with a hammer. The hammer broke and was seen being thrown onto the roof.
Officers recovered the hammer for DNA purposes.
The two males were eventually able to gain entry through the damaged security door and removed a number of items from the business, including CBD sprays, teas, pills, and candy, “infused edible gummies,” and a cash register drawer.
An employee of the business viewed the video, and he and police were able to identify the suspects as Johnathan Bravo, 19, and Jesus Bravo, 18, who reside in the 700 block of Lolita Avenue.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence and were able to locate a majority of the items taken from Artesia Family Wellness Center. The items had an estimated value of $337.75, and damage to the shop was estimated at $2,732.50.
The Bravo brothers were both charged with commercial burglary, criminal damage to property (over $1,000), conspiracy to commit burglary, tampering with evidence, and possession of burglary tools, all fourth-degree felonies, and misdemeanor larceny (over $250 but less than $500), attempted burglary, and criminal damage to property (under $1,000).
They have been scheduled to appear for preliminary examination before Judge Daniel Reyes Jr. at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 in Artesia Magistrate Court.