Suspected hot tub bandits land in hot water

Trio accused in Taos storage unit burglaries

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Deputies in Taos County put a stop to a string of burglaries that included a stolen hot tub. The Taos County Sheriff’s Office says Jessica Sparks-Lewis used keys belonging to her incarcerated husband to burglarize local storage units, making off with items as big as a hot tub.

Suspicions fell on Sparks-Lewis when a deputy spotted the hot tub at the home of Ariel Reyes, a man she was living with. Reyes was arrested for keeping the stolen items at his home.

Investigators say a third suspect, Monica Romero, is still on the run. She’s accused of using a stolen credit card taken by Sparks-Lewis and Reyes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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