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Men Indicted for Self-Storage Burglaries in New Mexico


Two men in Alamogordo, N.M., were indicted by a grand jury April 4 on 16 felony counts stemming from a residential break-in and self-storage burglaries.

Police said Arthur Velasquez Jr., 40, and Ethan Sheppard, 24, broke into 11 self-storage units at Shuttle Mini Storage, 1901 Cuba Ave., between Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, and stole items, including power tools, jewelry and fishing tackle.

The men were arrested Feb. 26 at a mobile home at Tensley's Mobile Home Park, where the stolen goods were also recovered. Police said it appeared the men broke into the mobile home to store the stolen property. The owner of the mobile home was in jail at the time.

Velasquez and Sheppard are each charged with one count of third-degree felony residential burglary, 11 counts of fourth-degree felony non-residential burglary, one count of fourth-degree felony larceny over $500 less then $2,500, one count each of fourth-degree conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit larceny over $500, less than $2,500, and fourth-degree receiving stolen property.


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