Authorities locate hundreds of stolen items in Rio Arriba County

ESPANOLA N.M. (KRQE) – One car turned out to be the key deputies needed to crack a major burglary ring.

“We found everything from pigs, to TV’s, to guitars, to firearms,” said Deputy Manuel Romero.

The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office said they usually get more than four burglary calls a day.

“The way it works is individuals group up in like teams and they go around hitting houses so this is just one of many out there,” said Romero.

Friday morning, officers said they received another routine burglary call. This time, a witness spotted the getaway car.

When police caught up to that car at a local bar, they said Jonny Sanchez and Joeleen Campos-Trujillo were inside, along with a carful of stole goods.

“The first people we arrested were the ones actually doing the burglaries,” said Byron Abeyta for the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation led officers to two other homes with stolen stuff. At one home they arrested Jake Segovia.

“The people we executed the search warrants on, they’re suspected drug dealers, who are taking the items to exchange for drugs,” said Abeyta.

It took two trailer loads to bring all the items back to the station. Authorities said the items are worth more than $20,000 altogether.

Officers also recovered five safes full of heroin and cash.

They said this is a big score for their community.

“It’s a win for this area, for the people who have been getting burglarized constantly,” said Romero.

The investigation is far from over. Deputies said they plan to arrest even more suspects soon.

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