Police say that a man is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly stealing four semi trucks from a business in New Mexico.
On September 23, 53 year old Farmington, New Mexico resident Clyde Smith was arrested and charged with 10 felony counts — four for vehicle theft, four for vehicle burglary, and two for criminal damage to property, according to the Farmington Daily Times.
The arrest comes after police were dispatched to U.S. Transport in Farmington around 6:20 a.m. on September 20 for a suspected stolen/burglarized vehicle.
After a manager confirmed that a semi truck had been stolen/burglarized, two employees arrived and found that two other trucks had also been stolen.
One of the stolen trucks was discovered only 100 feet from the business property.
Inside one of the stolen trucks, investigators found a fast food paper bag that contained Smith’s Medicaid card and booking bracelet from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
Another stolen semi truck was discovered several miles away in the Hogback, New Mexico area. A female witness later identified Smith from a photo and told police that he appeared to be intoxicated.
On September 22 around 7:30 a.m., police were once again called to U.S. Transport after an employee found a fourth semi truck stolen.
This vehicle was found just outside the business gates with two flat tires and damage to the underside of the truck. The front gate was also damaged.
After reviewing surveillance footage, the U.S. Transport manager said that the truck thief appeared to be the same person who stole three trucks on September 20.
Smith was located by police and placed under arrest.