Man arrested, accused of stealing $200K worth of jewelry in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. – Police arrested a man accused of trying to steal over $200,000 worth of jewelry from a store near the Plaza early Monday morning.

Officers responded to an active burglar alarm at Momeni’s Gallery, around 3:12 a.m., after receiving a call from the business owner who alleged he saw the man inside the store.

Edgar Guzman, 25, was found by officers in the store’s courtyard shortly after they arrived. Although Guzman was armed with a 13.5-inch-long, bayonet-style knife, he complied with officers’ commands and was arrested without incident.

Police also recovered a black backpack from the scene. The backpack had 101 pieces of stolen jewelry totaling $236,892.

Officers investigating the case discovered Guzman had three active warrants for his arrest. After reviewing the surveillance video, they also determined he was responsible for a burglary at the same store, Dec. 19 – the day before he was caught.

Guzman was charged with aggravated burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property; and larceny over $20,000.