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S.F. homeowner blasts squatter’s release

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SANTA FE — A Santa Fe homeowner says he’s outraged that a magistrate has dismissed charges against a man police say admitted to squatting.

Miguel Rodriguez tells the Santa Fe New Mexican the judge had “no regard for the victim.”

The judge on Wednesday dismissed the case, saying he found a “lack of probable cause” for the burglary, breaking and entering, criminal damage and larceny charges. But the counts can be refiled and police say they plan to do so.

Rodriguez says 44-year-old Moses Gold caused nearly $1,000 in damage to his Canyon Road home after breaking in twice last week.

Gold was arrested Tuesday after he was found in an SUV on the property. An arrest statement says Gold told police he was going through “hard times.” He also told police he would pay for the damage.

Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said was driving a rental car, which was parked at the home. Police placed a call to the rental business, which called Gold and informed him his car was about to be towed. Police were waiting when Gold came to get the car.

Gold told police he broke into the home because he needed a shower and a place to sleep. He told them he was “homeless and going through a hard time.” Westervelt said it doesn’t appear as though anything was stolen from the home.

Westervelt said the homeowner and Gold do not know each other.

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