Audacious early morning retail robbery leads to arrest of Santa Fe man

Deming police recovered more than $6,000 in jewelry and air guns from the Tractor Supply Co. store robbery.

DEMING — Deming police did a quick job responding to a commercial burglary call last week at the Deming Tractor Supply Co. store located at 414 E. Pine St.

On Friday, January 21, officers responded to the call and discovered that the illegal entry into the store was made by knocking a cinder block into a wall. According to a police report, more than $6,000 in merchandise was taken, including a large amount of high-end jewelry, air guns and miscellaneous merchandise.

At around 3:43 a.m. that same morning, officers spotted a man on a bicycle without headlights. He wore a black hoodie and carried a few bags. It is an offense to ride a bike at night without lights. The man abandoned the bike and the bags and tried to flee from the officers. The man was arrested and identified at Sean Chesser, 34, of Santa Fe.

Through an investigation initiated by a patrol sergeant, Sean Chesser’s name came to the attention of the department. Deming police had dealt with Chesser a week earlier on Jan. 16 in a shoplifting call to the shoe department at 800 E. Cedar St.

During this investigation, officers performed a search warrant for Chesser’s vehicle and found approximately 10 grams of methamphetamines, a firearm, and several items stolen from at least one other burglary.

Investigation into Chesser’s whereabouts on Friday, Jan. 21, determined he robbed the Tractor Supply Co. store. He is charged with commercial burglary, breaking and entering, criminal damage to property, resisting , evading or obstructing an officer and possessing burglary tools. He was found in possession of over $6,000 worth of items he had stolen after entering.

During his arrest for the burglary at Tractor Supply, a warrant was served on Chesser charging him with trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) as well as possession of a firearm by a felon.

Joint investigations are underway against Chesser by the Deming Police Department and the Luna County Sheriff’s Office that may shed light on more recent burglaries in the area.

“I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the investigations and subsequent arrest of Mr Chesser,” DPD Leader Clint Hogan said. “They have done an outstanding job.”

Bill Armendariz contributed to this report. He can be reached at 575-546-2611 (leave a message) or [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Deming Headlight: Audacious early morning burglary leads to arrest of Santa Fe man

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