Juveniles set to appear in court on Wednesday

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Juveniles connected to the Christmas Day Walmart burglary in Los Lunas are scheduled to appear in court on March 20 for an arraignment hearing in front of District Court Judge Violet Otero.

The juveniles, Adam Pacheco, Matt Leyba and Jacob Larsen, are accused of breaking into Walmart and stealing $30,000 in merchandise from the store. All three were indicted Feb. 28 on charges of aggravated burglary for their alleged role in the incident.

The two other suspects, Gary Wilson and Emilio Larsen, have been indicted on similar charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Larsen was released to a family member, while Wilson is being held at the Valencia County Detention Center on a $35,000 cash or surety bond.

On Jan. 30, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Wilson in Getzville, N.Y., after police said he fled the state.

Wilson voluntarily answered questions and was cooperating with police in a meeting with Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick. The police chief said he asked Wilson to schedule a time to pick up the stolen guns at an undisclosed location.The meeting between law enforcement and Wilson never took place.

Larsen was arrested after police served a search warrant at a residence in Albuquerque. Police found stolen property from the burglary at the residence. They also recovered two-way radios they say were used in the burglary.

Larsen had been employed at two different Walmart stores in Albuquerque. Melnick said Larsen was familiar with the store's security system.

Each of the juveniles has been indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, larceny of more than $20,000, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit larceny, breaking and entering, tampering with evidence, criminal damage and receiving stolen property.


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