Sheriff's deputies recover four stolen vehicles


Taos County sheriff's deputies recovered four stolen vehicles in Taos County last week, some the result of anonymous tips provided to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office did not specify the make, model and year of the recovered vehicles. 

Sgt. Teodoro Flores and Deputy Douglas Klinekole recovered the first vehicle on Tuesday (Aug. 22), which was believed to have been stolen from the Albuquerque area.

Two others were recovered as deputies Mauro Rosales and David Romo conducted a surveillance operation at a Ranchos de Taos residence on Saturday (Aug. 26).

Deputies were able to confirm one vehicle parked at the residence as stolen, also from Albuquerque, and suspected other "criminal acts may be occuring and that another stolen vehicle may arrive later," according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Early Sunday morning (Aug. 27), deputies observed both suspected stolen vehicles leaving the residence. Rosales and Romo performed a traffic stop on the vehicle that had been confirmed as stolen, apprehending the driver, Edward Michael Park of Taos County.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Jason Rael attempted to perform a traffic stop on the second suspected vehicle. The driver failed to pull over and led Rael on a 13-mile pursuit along State Road 518. According to reports from Taos Central Dispatch, speeds during the pursuit exceeded 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed near mile post 57.

Rael arrested the driver, identified as Taos County resident Heather Martinez, 36, and one passenger Joshua Gonzalez, 31. Martinez was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, which was confimed to have also been stolen out of Albuqerque, "her third offense in NM," according to the release.

Later on Sunday, Deputy Shauna McTague located and recovered a fourth vehicle, which was confirmed to have been stolen locally, and is believed to be unrelated.

In all, three suspects were arrested and charged in connection to the thefts: Parks, Martinez and Gonzalez, who will likely be arraigned early this week in Taos County Magistrate Court.