Backhoe stolen near sheriff's office

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By Lee Einer

A front-end loader belonging to Mora County was stolen from next to the Mora County sheriff’s office, said Peter Martinez, a Mora County commissioner.

The theft is believed to have occurred between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The front-end loader is a model 420D Caterpillar 4x4 backhoe with roughly 1,000 hours of use.

“It’s disheartening that the thieves thought they were stealing from the county,” Martinez said, “because that was bought with taxpayer dollars. They were stealing from themselves.”

A reward is being considered and should be announced shortly, he said.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the state police or call Martinez at (575) 447-2145.