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Man charged with breaking into relative’s house

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By The Staff

A Las Vegas man is accused of burglarizing a relative’s house, stealing at least one gun.

Joshua A. Montoya, 20, is facing charges of aggravated burglary, larceny, breaking and entering, tampering with evidence, and criminal damage to property.

On Feb. 7, the owner of a home on N.M. Highway 84 reported to state police that he returned after several days in Albuquerque to find his home burglarized and damaged.

The man took an officer around him home and pointed to a 20-inch television that had a big hole in the screen and windows broken in the kitchen, according to a criminal complaint.

In his bedroom, the owner reported stolen three rifles and a box of old baseball cards, including one for Babe Ruth.

The officer noticed that someone had swept around the entire perimeter of the house, apparently to cover tracks, the complaint states.

The homeowner told the officer that his cousin called while he was away and told him that the cousin’s nephew, Joshua Montoya, had been on the owner’s property with a four-wheeler. The cousin said he went out looking for his nephew.

The owner told the officer that he has had trouble with his relatives stealing from him before.

On Saturday, the officer met with Montoya for an interview at the Las Vegas state police office. Montoya said he was drinking whiskey and riding his four-wheeler on Feb. 6 when he broke the kitchen window to enter the victim’s house, according to the complaint.

Montoya admitted to filling a bag with knives, a DVD player and a rifle, then walking to the living room and shooting the TV, the complaint states. He also said he later went to the house and used a broom to wipe over his tracks.

Montoya took an officer to the area where he hid the items, and a rifle, a car CD player, a small box of jewelry, two pairs of binoculars and an alarm clock were recovered.

A prosecutor then approved charges against Montoya.