Teens arrested after several Las Cruces businesses burglarized in February

Businesses in Telshor Plaza destroyed after weekend break-ins

Suspects accused of a series of break-ins in Las Cruces that happened in February have been arrested.

Two teenage boys suspected of breaking into and burglarizing several Telshor area businesses in February were arrested on Monday.

The boys, ages 14 and 15, were charged with six counts of non-residential burglary, two counts of criminal damage to property over $1,000, three counts of criminal damage to property under $1,000, and three counts of larceny.

On Feb. 12, police said five adjoining businesses at 755 S. Telshor Boulevard were broken into. They said property was damaged or items were missing from Mother Earth, Tiffany’s Pizza, Elle Gem, Oriental Medicine and Studio 3 Salon and Spa.

Officers also noticed what appeared to be urine and fecal matter in one of the businesses.

Investigators collected evidence from the businesses including video surveillance. Officers were able to identify one of the boys from the video.

Investigators spoke with one of them and learned that he and the other boy broke into one of the stores on the night of Feb. 12 and then, once inside, used a hammer and fire extinguisher to make entry into the adjoining businesses. Investigators also learned the two teens broke into the nearby J.C. Penney store at the Mesilla Valley Mall, where they also allegedly stole merchandise on the same night.

The two are being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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