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Men arrested in $3,000 stone throwing spree

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe police arrested a pair of men in their mid-30s and 40s who were allegedly whiling away the early morning hours Thursday by throwing rocks through windows.

Typically, when police get reports of such vandalism, the culprit is a teenager, said Santa Fe Police Department spokeswoman Celina Westervelt.

“Grown men should know better,” she said.

Rustin Radcliffe, 34, was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property; Kenneth Brooks, 45, was charged with one count. Together, they’re accused of doing nearly $3,000 of property damage during the 3 a.m. spree.

Westervelt said windows in the 200 block of De Vargas, which is home to Dan Cron’s law firm and the BCR partnership, and a business at 222 Galisteo St. each had their windows broken out. Someone called police to report the incident after hearing glass breaking.

Police said one of the suspects had a rock in his hand when they arrived on the scene. Westervelt said Brooks admitted breaking windows in the area. Both men were in the Santa Fe County jail as of Thursday evening. Westervelt did not know whether alcohol was a factor in the crime.


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Radcliffe was previously convicted of aggravated battery in 2009, and he has an open case of battery against a household member in Santa Fe Magistrate Court, according to an online court records database.

Brooks has been convicted of breaking and entering this year, attempting to receive or transfer a stolen motor vehicle in 2012 and aggravated DWI in 2004.

A police news release on the crime indicates Brooks has been arrested 48 times since 2001 and Radcliffe 21 times since 2004.