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Police find multiple stolen vehicles and missing girl during suspect’s arrest

Jason Barber, 47 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man was arrested Thursday evening by APD detectives after being found with drugs, multiple stolen vehicles and a missing 16-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Jason Barber, 47, is charged with five counts of receiving an transferring a stolen motor vehicle, residential burglary, trafficking a controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police say all the stolen items — two scooters, a motorcycle and two trailers — were found at a northeast Albuquerque home where Barber was staying at after the landlord reported a break-in.

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The teenage girl was found in Barber’s room, along with a large bag of methamphetamine, a scale and baggies, according to the complaint. She told police she had not had any sexual relations or used drugs with Barber.

The landlord, who found his former tenant and Barber breaking into the home, told police he had evicted the tenant days before and changed the locks.

Barber told detectives he has been renting the room from the tenant since August and borrowed the trailers so he could move.

“Barber stated he does not know how the scooters got on the property and they appeared there last week,” an officer wrote. Barber made the same claim about the stolen motorcycle.

The tenant told detectives he knew nothing about the stolen vehicles and that Barber had brought them all onto the property in the last week, backing up the claim by stating he has no vehicle or driver’s license.

Apparently, Barber is no stranger to police.

“I immediately was familiar with Barber since I had just arrested him in August on three counts of receiving and transferring a stolen motor vehicle,” an officer wrote in the complaint.

Barber was arrested with two stolen Jet-Skis and a stolen trailer on July 12, according to court documents. Barber was also arrested on Dec. 29, 2016 in connection with a home burglary, of multiple vehicles and property, worth at least $315,000.

Barber is currently in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

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