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Suspect in thefts arrested at Tent Rocks

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Ryan James Griffin

A 36-year-old man suspected in several auto burglaries and fraudulent acts in four states was taken into custody by Sandoval County deputies and detectives this week, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ryan James Griffin, 36, was arrested on Tuesday at Tent Rocks National Monument on six outstanding felony warrants.

A monument employee notified the sheriff’s office after he identified the suspect from a photograph provided by Sandoval County Detective Robert Salas.

The employee noticed Griffin as he entered the monument using a fictitious park pass and identification that had been reported stolen during an auto burglary at Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives and deputies responded and arrested Griffin in the monument parking lot without incident.

The photograph of Griffin was obtained when he was identified as a suspect in a previous auto burglary at Tent Rocks in September.

Griffin allegedly later used the credit cards stolen in the burglary, and a previous burglary in September, at Walgreens stores and at gas stations in Bernalillo and Rio Rancho, the sheriff’s office said.

Video surveillance from those locations showed Griffin as the person using the stolen credit cards. His purchases included gift cards for high-dollar amounts.

Griffin is a suspect in several auto burglaries and fraudulent acts in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Texas over the past several months where vehicles were entered and stolen credit cards were later used by him, the sheriff’s office said.

Charges in Sandoval County are pending against Griffin on cases related to vehicle burglaries during the months of September and October from vehicles parked at Tent Rocks. Numerous credit cards, personal effects and jewelry were stolen from eight victims.

A sheriff’s office spokesman didn’t know Griffin’s city of residence.

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