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UPDATED: 3 Indicted in Belen Burglary

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A Valencia County grand jury indicted three people believed to be involved in a November burglary where a man was shot who was trying to thwart the suspects’ getaway.

The suspects, Jeremy Hicks, 24, of Belen; Joshua Adams, 24, of Belen; and Brandi Heald, 15, of Los Lunas, were indicted on charges of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The trio are charged with breaking into a house on Morgan Road, and shooting at a neighbor when he blocked the suspects’ vehicle in the driveway.

Along with a television, a game console and nearly all of the homeowner’s jewelry, the victims reported that a fireproof security box filled with their adopted children’s original birth certificates and other “irreplaceable” documents were stolen.

Homeowner and burglary victim Denise Jaramillo got the personal documents back that were taken in the burglary. The documents included original birth certificates and photos of her two adopted children, who are from Ukraine and China.

In March, police said Hicks fled from a State Police officer who was attempting to make a traffic stop as the vehicle was traveling westbound on El Cerro Mission Road.

According to the criminal complaint, Hicks fled from police after he suddenly stopped on westbound El Cerro Mission Road and traveled at a high rate of speed after the officer engaged his siren.

Police decided to initiate a traffic stop after Hicks failed to maintain his lane and crossed the center lane twice on El Cerro Mission Road.

The complaint said Hicks drove in a reckless manner southbound on N.M. 263, and then south on N.M. 47 and continued onto westbound River Road.

Shortly after, police said Hicks nearly crashed into a Belen police unit near Mesa and Reinken roads, ending up crashing into a ditchbank directly east of Andres Sanchez.

Police found a .38-caliber automatic handgun with two fully-loaded magazines and a box of ammunition, according to the complaint. There were also two bags of heroin, two syringes with needles and two glass pipes in the vehicle.

Last year, Adams was charged with two counts of receiving or transferring of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and criminal damage to property in a separate case. That case is pending.

Valencia County Sheriff’s deputies say both men could be connected to additional burglaries in the area. No new charges have been filed.


8:53am 11/22/12 — More Arrests in Belen Burglary Case

By Brent Ruffner/Valencia County News-Bulletin

LOS LUNAS –  Four more arrests were made last week in connection with a burglary earlier this month, where sheriff’s deputies said the suspects broke into a house and shot at a neighbor.

On Friday, Valencia County sheriff’s deputies arrested four additional people involved in the burglary, and found a methamphetamine lab at a residence on Magnifico in El Cerro. A stolen Chevy pickup was also recovered.

Deputies arrested Andrew Romero, 26, of Los Lunas; Brandon Holley, 31, of Bosque; and Billy Crumpton, 38, of El Cerro, on charges of receiving or transferring stolen property and trafficking a controlled substance.

Each are also charged with transferring or receiving a stolen vehicle, transferring or receiving stolen firearms and a felon in possession of firearms.

The fourth suspect, Sophia Perea, 36, of Los Lunas, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Deputies found an undisclosed amount of property from the residential burglary on Morgan Road in Belen, and worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to apprehend the suspects.

“Our deputies did excellent detective work,” said Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard. “Those guys have pretty much been working non-stop on property crimes.”

Burkhard said deputies found a meth lab in a trailer on the property and “the makings” of another at the residence.

Earlier this month, deputies arrested Joshua Adams and Jeremy Hicks, both 24, and of Belen, and said the suspects broke into the house on Morgan Road and shot at a neighbor when he blocked the suspect’s vehicle in the driveway.

Brandi Heald, 15, also of Belen, was also arrested in connection with the case.

Along with a television, a game console, and nearly all of the homeowner’s jewelry, the victims reported that a fireproof security box filled with their adopted children’s original birth certificates and other “irreplaceable” documents were stolen.

Homeowner and burglary victim Denise Jaramillo got the personal documents back that were taken in the burglary. The documents included original birth certificates and photos of her two adopted children who are from Ukraine and China. It’s unknown which items were found at the residence on Magnifico.

Valencia County Sheriff’s Capt. Gary Hall said deputies called U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials for Friday’s incident after it was thought that weapons were involved. The department has used the resources of the federal agency in instances such as securing crime scenes in the past.

“We have a really good working relationship,” Hall said. “It’s a lot easier when we can work together.”

Burkhard said the department has seen fewer property crimes over the last several months due to work of detectives. He said deputies did “a super job” of garnering arrests with very little initial information on the case.

“I think we are doing some good work,” Burkhard said.

Romero and Holley are being held at the Valencia County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Each have no bond holds in unrelated cases.

Crumpton is being held on a $20,000 cash or surety bond. Perea was released via court order on Friday.

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