Dispute with teen may get judge in trouble

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – A dispute with a 14-year-old over an old Toyota Corolla could land a New Mexico judge in trouble.

According to this state police report, Santa Rosa Magistrate Court Judge Martin Pacheco was investigated for burglary, accused of repeatedly breaking into his sister’s home to steal the car keys to a 2006 Corolla, which belongs to his 14-year-old nephew.

The report says Pacheco’s mom died and left the car to her grandson – Pacheco’s nephew – but that Pacheco believes the car should be his.

They live across the street from each other near Santa Rosa.

At one point, the boy even left a note on his front door for Pacheco saying, “Don’t even think about breaking in our house. I know you broke in before for grandma’s keys. Cut your crap or I’m pressing charges.”

They believe he broke in again and took the keys, so they called police.

KRQE News 13 spoke to Pacheco. He says it’s all bogus and that there’s a dispute over his mother’s estate.

His sister now says it’s all a misunderstanding.

The DA will decide if Pacheco will be charged.

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