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Car thieves nabbed after stealing Jeep in Williams
Suspects dump Pathfinder stolen in California before going on crime spree and fleeing to New Mexico

WILLIAMS - On May 1, the Williams Police Department (WPD) responded to a report of two stolen vehicles on Fulton Avenue, a Cadillac and a lifted Jeep.

WPD Chief Herman Nixon said as the investigation commenced, a theft of two five-gallon gas cans from Gateway RV was reported.

"As we started looking into things, we found out that some individuals came into the city in a stolen vehicle, a Pathfinder, out of California," Nixon said. "We started getting reports of stolen vehicles. We knew we would find a dumped stolen car."

According to Nixon, the suspects ran out of gas before stealing the fuel from the RV park.

"The problem is, it's diesel fuel," Nixon said. "So they poured it in the Pathfinder and leave and the car breaks down."

The suspects then abandoned the vehicle behind Sandoval's. Next, they broke into a car behind Pizza Hut, stealing an iPod. On Fulton the suspects broke into a second vehicle before stealing a Jeep and heading out of town.

On May 3, law enforcement agents in Roswell, N.M. picked up the suspects, two juveniles and two adult males. According to Nixon, the suspects admitted to stealing the Jeep in Williams and to committing the car break-ins.

A WPD detective and lieutenant flew to Roswell on May 4 with warrants for the adult suspects' arrests.

Nixon said residents in Williams should take precautions to lock their vehicles and homes and be a little more careful.

"Criminals have no boundaries and they have transportation," Nixon said. "So, they move around. I know we live in a small community and overall we're a very safe community but the way the economy is right now we've seen a peak in our thefts from vehicles."

The missing Cadillac has not yet been recovered.

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