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Posted on: July 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Man Suspected of Breaking into Car Dealership

Man Suspected of Breaking into Car Dealership Justin Stuart Temple

A man suspected of breaking into and burglarizing a used car dealership on south Valley Drive was arrested and charged with a pair of felonies.

Justin Stuart Temple, 38, is charged with felony counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, and one count of breaking and entering. Temple is also charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.

Shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of a burglary in progress at Sunset Auto Center, 935 S. Valley Dr. Police learned the owner of the business received a motion activation alert on his cell phone, from a video security system, that indicated someone was inside the dealership.

Officers arrived and learned that an employee had already arrived at the business and followed the suspect who fled toward Brown Road. The employee temporarily detained the suspect, identified as Temple, until officers arrived.

Investigators learned Temple gained access to the dealership through a side door and tampered with a motorcycle. Investigators also determined that Temple had previously been trespassed from the business.

Temple was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on June 30 and released the following day on his own recognizance.

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