Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators hope to close a gap between a string of recent burglaries in the North Valley and East Mesa areas after a months-long investigation led to the arrest of a Las Cruces woman and her two adult sons.
Faith Elizabeth Clark, 50, was arrested March 12 along with her children, Richard Clark, 30, and his younger brother Justin Eric Clark, 21. Investigators say all three are suspected of taking part in at least seven burglaries that happened over the last several months in the Doña Ana area and in several communities on the East Mesa.
After executing several search warrants that included one of the Clark’s Doña Ana homes and a local storage unit, investigators were able to recover dozens of stolen firearms and compound bows. Miscellaneous electronics, also believed to be stolen, were also recovered.
Through surveillance, interviews and reviewing similar burglary reports taken by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were able to link the three suspects to seven reported burglaries, but say they could also be responsible for other burglaries in the area.
Both Richard Clark and Justin Clark remain at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. Justin Clark is charged with four counts of aggravated residential burglary and two counts of conspiracy to commit a second-degree felony. He’s being held on a $75,000 secured bond.
Richard Clark is charged with two counts of aggravated residential burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a second-degree felony and two counts of receiving stolen firearms. He’s being held on a $30,000 secured bond.
Faith Clark is charged with receiving stolen property, receiving stolen firearms, and two counts of conspiracy to commit a fourth-degree felony. She was being held on a $5,000 secured bond and made bail March 13, approximately 24 hours after her arrest.