By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
When two men were arrested in Santa Fe in March. They were in a stolen vehicle containing items from a residential burglary, which had taken place just days earlier at a Quemazon home in Los Alamos.
Richard Borrego and Brandon Gonzales were both arrested on charges of residential burglary, larceny over $20,000 and conspiracy to commit residential burglary after Los Alamos Police Department officers interviewed them March 23 at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.
When LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking arrived at the residence, he was advised by Officers Andrew Goldie and David Bradshaw that forced entry had been made through a rear door, the home had been ransacked and several items had been stolen.
Wolking and Det. Matt Lyon investigated the scene, lifting fingerprints and swabbing for DNA evidence. During his interview with Wolking in Santa Fe, Borrego allegedly said he had Chinese money in his pocket from the Los Alamos burglary and that he knew the items in the vehicle were stolen.
He claimed Gonzales had picked him up to take him to the doctor, that he had fallen asleep and when he woke up, he was in the vehicle by himself and Gonzales was in the house. When told the victim’s neighbor had video of him going into the house, Borrego allegedly admitted he had entered the house to see what Gonzales was doing.
Wolking requested and received arrest warrants for both Gonzales and Borrego as he believed there was sufficient evidence that both men entered the house with the intention of committing a theft and they were in possession of the homeowners’ property. Borrego has been bound over to District Court and Gonzales is slated for a preliminary hearing June 15 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.