Man sought after thousands in property recovered

Man sought after thousands in property recovered

From the Las Vegas Optic

Two people face felony child abuse charges and one has been charged for stealing an estimated $10,000 worth of electronics and tools during an October burglary, according to court records.

Michael Archuleta, 39, of Las Vegas, has been charged with receiving stolen property and drug possession charges following a search of the man’s home.

Additionally, Archuleta and his wife, Caitlyn E. Archuleta, 40, have been charged with felony child abuse following an investigation by the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office and the Children, Youth and Families Department.

San Miguel County Sheriff Chris Lopez told the Optic that Michael Archuleta is currently the only suspect in a burglary investigation that began in October, but said the case is still being investigated.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Highlands Wrecker Service on Oct. 16 after someone broke into the business and stole several items, including tools, two laptop computers, keys to vehicles, blank keys, and three digital key programing machines that are intended to be used by locksmiths to make replacement keys and keyless entry remotes for vehicles.

A nearly two-month investigation led sheriff’s investigators to the home of Michael Archuleta.

“We got information that there was possibly stolen items in that residence,” Sheriff Lopez said. “We were able to obtain enough information to obtain a search warrant.”

That warrant was for Archuleta’s home in the 2800 block of Louden Circle. Deputies executed the warrant Dec. 9, knocking on the door several times with no answer. A key provided by the Las Vegas Housing Department was used to gain entry, and once inside, Michael Archuleta, Caitlyn Archuleta and the couple’s 10-year-old son were found and detained.

The condition of the residence was “very dirty and unsanitary,” according to a probable cause statement filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court. Deputies found garbage bags scattered throughout the living room, and the room was so cluttered there was only a small path through the room for deputies to walk.