LAS CRUCES, N.M – Dona Ana County sheriff's investigator Bo Nevarez says home and auto burglaries are up 20 percent in the Las Cruces-area county.
He says investigators typically handle 30 to 40 burglaries per month but the number increases during the summer and around the holidays, when more people bring home pricey items.
Over the past two weeks, Organ resident Weston Lee counted seven incidents, including car and home burglaries and fuel theft.
Residents say there are few sheriff's patrols in the community, encouraging thieves.
Nevarez says the sheriff's office is seeing a small spike in burglaries in the village of Dona Ana but Organ is suffering the same seasonal increase in burglaries as the rest of the county.