Crime

Serial burglar back at it

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 11/15/18

A masked man appeared on surveillance footage during a burglary at Olguin’s Sawmill early Sunday morning (Nov. 11), the same man, law enforcement believes, who has been breaking into businesses...

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Serial burglar back at it

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A masked man appeared on surveillance footage during a burglary at Olguin’s Sawmill early Sunday morning (Nov. 11), the same man, law enforcement believes, who has been breaking into businesses throughout Taos County for the past several months.

The Taos County Sheriff’s Office is currently reviewing evidence related to the burglary while other county law enforcement agencies are investigating similar incidents that seem to bear the marks of the illusive suspect.

Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said another burglary was reported at Taos Tap Room on Oct. 29 after an employee noticed a kitchen cart had been left in a ditch. Checking a back room, the employee then noticed that the businesses safe had been stolen.

Trujillo said law enforcement wasn’t alerted because the business did not have an alarm.  The crime had no witnesses nor surveillance footage of the suspect, but Trujillo said the burglar’s means of entry into the Tap Room appeared to be consistent with those of the serial burglar they’ve been trying to catch.

Doing so isn’t easy, said Sgt. Jason Rael of the sheriff’s office as he reviewed reports on the sawmill burglary Wednesday morning (Nov. 14). 

“It’s frustrating for us,” Rael said. “That’s a fact.”

Olguin’s Sawmill is owned by Taos Mayor Dan Barrone.

While property crimes are common in New Mexico and Taos County, Rael described the serial burglar as a “professional” who works hard to cover his tracks.

“The hard part also is that this guy is wearing gloves,” Rael said, explaining that they’ve been unable to retrieve fingerprints from the burglarized businesses.

Law enforcement agencies are continuing to work together throughout the county to halt the string of burglaries and bring in the unidentified suspect.

Information can be submitted to your local law enforcement agency or to Taos County Crime Stoppers at (575) 758-4258.

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