(Deming) – A Columbus man accused of breaking into a grocery store apparently stashed the cash all around a former elementary school.
Epigmenio Escalante, age 26, of Columbus was arrested for burglary after allegedly breaking into the San Jose Grocery Store in Columbus Wednesday night and taking two bank bags containing $2,600 in cash and checks.
Luna County Sheriff’s officials, with help from two U.S. Border Patrol agents, followed tracks from the grocery store to the former Columbus Elementary School building to Escalante’s residence.
Officers were able to recover $1,330 in cash which they found scattered on the ground around the elementary as well as stuffed in cracks, vents and below an air conditioner on the building.
The theft was discovered by the store owner who arrived to find the front door of the grocery broken.
Nothing other than the two bank bags appeared to have been taken.