Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the person or persons responsible for setting fire to a haystack on Columbus Day at the New Mexico State University horse ranch.
At around 4 a.m. on the morning of Monday, Oct. 14, NMSU police and fire personnel responded to the fire at the horse ranch at 401 W. Union Ave. No injuries were reported but the fire caused an estimated $82,000 in damages and lost property.
NMSU police investigators tracked shoeprints that led south from the horse ranch to a ditch bank near Watson Lane in Mesilla Park. Investigators have reason to believe that the suspect then boarded an all-terrain vehicle, driving it along on Watson Lane.
Anyone with information that can help identify the suspect is asked to contact Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637), keyword LCTIPS.
The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.