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Call leads to arrest, recovery of property

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2013

Robert Kemery

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — An anonymous tip led to the recovery this month of a flatbed trailer that was stolen from a New Mexico job site nearly two years ago.

The trailer, which belongs to FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz., went missing from a road construction project area near Santa Fe in September 2011. Authorities found the stolen property near Hooper on July 11, following a report of a suspicious driver.

The caller told the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office that a slow-moving maroon truck pulling the trailer kept stopping in front of houses along backcountry roads.

Sheriff’s Deputies Ricardo Martinez and Jeff Pearson pulled the driver over for traffic violations, but the stop led to the alleged discovery of more serious crimes.

The deputies noticed that driver Scott Patrick Mathias had apparently been in a recent fight, and their investigation into that incident culminated with the arrest of 39-year-old Robert Kemery for an alleged restraining order violation.

They also placed the 43-year-old Mathias into custody for driving under the influence, driving with defective lights and a signal violation.

Alamosa County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim McCloskey conducted a follow-up investigation on the trailer that Mathias was towing, and he learned it had been stolen.

According to McCloskey, an Alamosa resident who purchased the trailer loaned it out to Mathias. Upon further investigation, McCloskey learned that the seller gave the resident a counterfeit New Mexico title for the vehicle.

McCloskey eventually traced the series of transactions back to an individual from Santa Fe; he now plans to forward his information on to authorities in New Mexico.

Ultimately, he noted that his office could not have solved the crime without the anonymous caller’s help.

“Thanks to a citizen who believed he saw something suspicious and reported it, an intoxicated driver was taken off the street and charged, a person who would not follow a court order was arrested and a stolen trailer will make its way back to the proper owner,” he said.

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