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12/28/2016 - Can you identify this man???
Angel Fire Police Department officers are trying to identify this man.  He is wanted for questioning for crimes committed in Angel Fire and Taos.

12/28/2016 - SCAM ALERT!!!

For the last 4 months a Hispanic male individual has been knocking on the doors of random residents in the Weimer Foothills area offering to do yard work or to deliver firewood at a later date in exchange for money with which to purchase medicine for his daughter`s ear infection.  This Hispanic male individual is described as follows;

45 years of age; 5` 6" tall, weight about 200 lbs.; dark mustache and goatee; he usually drives a red or maroon 2005 Ford Escape bearing one of the new Turquoise Centennial license plates.  He is sometimes accompanied by his pregnant Hispanic female significant other.  Both of these individuals have criminal records!

Within the last week this individual has expanded his range of operations to include the downtown area.  In at least one instance he accepted $100 from a couple with the promise to deliver a load of firewood several days later.  He provided a factious name and a bogus phone number.  Needless to say, the firewood never arrived.

It is NOT against the law for an individual to go door to door asking for money nor is it against the law for one to offer their services or to offer products for sale, i.e. firewood, door to door.

Buyer Beware!  If you "enter into a contract" with an individual for goods or services and the vendor fails to preform, that is a "civil" problem and NOT a criminal issue (in most cases, there are exceptions).  Your remedy is to file in Small Claims Court which is at the Magistrate Court.

To the best of my knowledge; this individual has not been charged with any crime related to his activities, nor has he been convicted of any crime related to these activities, and therefore I cannot disclose his name in this forum.

Once again; Buyer Beware!  Know whom your are dealing with!  Ask for ID if you are considering employing someone to do yard work or are considering purchasing from someone that you do not know and who has shown up at your doorstep and, DO NOT ALLOW STRANGERS INTO YOUR HOME!!!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Detective Barry M. Holfelder, Town of Taos Police Department

10/17/2016 - TCCS Board Members Attend National Conference

Board members of the local Taos County Crime Stoppers recently attended the national conference of Crime Stoppers in Albuquerque, NM.  This conference was particularly special because it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the creation of Crime Stoppers by a former Albuquerque Police detective, Greg MacAleese.  In the four decades since its inception in 1976, Crime Stoppers has become the premier community-based organization partnering with police to assist in the capture of criminals and solving a wide variety of crimes.  Testament to its success, there are now over 1700 Crime Stoppers organizations around the world.  Over these 40 years, anonymous tips have been instrumental in clearing over 1.5 million cases.  The recovery of stolen property and seizure of illegal drugs amounts to a staggering $11 billion dollars, while paying over $117 million dollars to community members who have provided millions of tips.

The Taos chapter of Crime Stoppers was one of the first organizations to be created after Albuquerque and was registered with the State of New Mexico in 1978.  The goal of every Crime Stoppers organization is to provide safety for anyone who wishes to help solve a crime or to apprehend a fugitive by providing methods of communication which are completely secure and ensure the anonymity of the tipster.  If you have a tip, in Taos please call 758-HALT.  Tipsters can also download a free APP called "P3 Tips" and text their information or visit www.taoscountycrimestoppers.org and submit an online tip.  For the latest breaking news, be sure to check out the Taos County CrimeStoppers Facebook page.

10/7/2016 - Four more fugitives are apprehended as a result of TCCS

Taos County Crime Stoppers (TCCS) is a non-profit organization which works in concert with local law enforcement and different media outlets to enhance safety within our community.  TCCS post pictures and data on individuals that are wanted for various crimes or failures to comply with Court orders which have resulted in a warrant being issued for their arrest.  The program solicits "Tips" from anyone having knowledge of the whereabouts of the fugitive or information that may lead to solving a crime.  "Tipsters" are totally anonymous and cannot be traced by any means.  In 38 years of operation involving literally thousands of tips, there has never been an instance wherein the Tipster`s identity was revealed.  The Tipster calls, e-mails, or texts the tip to an anonymous call center in Canada, (i.e. 758-HALT).  If the tip leads to the apprehension of a wanted fugitive or the solving of a crime, the Tipster may be entitled to a reward ranging from $100 to $1000, depending upon the severity of the situation leading to that individual`s alleged crime or the severity and type of crime involved.  The reward is not contingent upon the individual being found guilty at trial, but rather upon the successful apprehension of the fugitive.

In the month of August and through September 6, 2016, TCCS received a total of 19 tips, four of which led to the apprehension of fugitives having open warrants issued by local Court officials.

On August 2nd., TCCS received an anonymous Tip regarding the location of fugitive Devin Archuleta in Taos.  This information was immediately relayed to Town of Taos Police officers who located Mr. Archuleta at the residence where he was arrested. He was wanted on a District Court Bench Warrant, two Magistrate Court Bench Warrants and a Municipal Court Bench Warrant.  His charges included; Battery  Upon a Household Member, Driving on a Revoked License (DWI related), Minor in possession or under the influence of liquor and Failure to comply with Drug Court Program Requirements.

On August 10th, while officers of the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) were actively searching for fugitive Mario Z. Rael in the Cabresto area, TCCS received an anonymous Tip describing Mr. Rael`s location.  The Tipster`s information was immediately relayed to NMSP and this additional information resulted in him being located and arrested.  Mr. Rael was wanted on charges of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (1-2nd Degree felony). possesson of a controlled substance, to wit Methamphetamine (4th Degree felony), Possession of a Controlled substance, to wit; Hydrocodone (4th Degree felony); Possession of Drug Paraphjernalia (2 counts); Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; Harboring a Felon (4th Degree felony); and Aggravated Fleeing from a Law Enforcement Officer.

On August 23rd, TCCS received a Tip giving a specific address for fugitive Joseph Frank Montano in Albuquerque.  This anonymous information was passed on to agents of the U.S. Marshalls Service who were actively looking for Me. Montano.  He was arrested early the next day at the address provided by the Tipster.  Mr. Montano had been wanted for over a year on numerous charges including; Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer, Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Breaking and Entry, Assault, Aggravated Battery of a Household Member, Interference with Communications, and more.

On September 5th, TCCS received an anonymous Tip directing Town of Taos Police Officers to the Pinch Penny Wash-O-Mat in Taos, where they found and were able to arrest Javier C. Romero.  Mr. Romero was wanted on a Magistrate Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Aggravated Battery (Misdemeanor) with No Bodily Harm.

The instances cited above prove that the Taos County Crime Stoppers program is effective.  Citizens are encouraged to visit the TCCS website at taoscountycrimestoppers.org or on Facebook to see the current posting of Most Wanted Fugitives and to learn how to submit a Tip.

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