Two Monte Vista men arrested for burglary

Police recover over $50,000 in stolen property

MONTE VISTA — Two men were arrested on suspicion of burglary Sunday, Feb. 27, after being found with over $50,000 in stolen property, reported the Monte Vista Police Department.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., MVPD officers were notified of a burglary in progress in the 700 block of Monroe Street. When officers arrived, two men fled into a neighboring residence and would not come out. Officers attempted numerous times to get them to come out.     

Officers secured the scene and applied for a search warrant for the residence. Upon executing the search warrant, Raul Martinez, 47, and Monic Medina, 41, both of Monte Vista were arrested.

Officers recovered over $50,000 in stolen property from their residence. The suspects had broken into the victim’s home while the owners were at work.

Martinez and Medina are facing charges of suspicion of second-degree burglary (Felony 3), theft (Felony 4), first-degree criminal trespassing (Felony 6) and criminal mischief (Felony 4).  Both were booked into the Rio Grande County Jail.

The Monte Vista Police Department was assisted by Center Police Department and the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office.