Two charged in Lea County burglary


LEA COUNTY, New Mexico (Big 2/Fox 24) – Lea County deputies arrested two men in connection with a burglary that occurred earlier this month.

Officials say they were called to the burglary back on Oct. 19 in the 3400 block of Bensing Road in Hobbs.

The victim told deputies someone had entered the company yard and took several items worth about $4,000. While investigating, officials say deputies located several footprints as well as tire tracks they believed to be from off-road type tires.

Sometime later, a Lea County Deputy noticed a gold pickup in the 4000 block of Smith Land in Hobbs that appeared to be consistent with the tracks found at the scene, according to the release.

Deputies then spoke to a man, Antonio Villanueva, who had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, the release reads. While searching Villanueva, the deputies reported finding a baggie full of a white substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Then, while speaking with Villanueva, he reportedly admitted the items stolen from the business were at another man’s home and some were inside of the gold pickup.

Villanueva was then charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and delivery of drug paraphernalia. Deputies also arrested the other man, Patrick Ryan, charging him with commercial burglary.

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