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Authorities urge precautions to curb holiday-time crime

KOB.com Web Staff
November 22, 2017 06:54 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. – As people look forward to some downtime this week as the holidays get underway, law enforcement officials have a reminder that crime doesn't take a day off

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A Four Corners man, Ronnie James, has been arrested and charged in three new property crimes this month. He remains under investigation for the theft of vehicles, trailers and even a meat slicer.

Officers say numerous items were found in the vehicles James had stolen, and they need the public’s to help identify the missing property. Authorities are also asking the public to make sure they lock up their vehicles ahead of the holidays.

“Please don't leave spare keys in your vehicles,” San Juan County Sheriff’s Detective Ethan Fincher said. “The majority of stolen vehicle cases that we work are from citizens that leave their vehicles unlocked with a set of spare keys in there."

The La Plata County Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, seized more than 100 animals following a lengthy animal cruelty investigation. County officials aren't saying much about the investigation at this point, but pictures show animals in a sad state.

The Durango Herald reports the animals were seized from Elizabeth Miera's property. She's reportedly facing 105 counts of animal cruelty. The Herald reports Miera will make her first court appearance on Dec. 20.

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