Troubled NM sheriff resigns amid tampering

December 15, 2013 • State News

MORA, N.M. (AP) — An embattled New Mexico sheriff has resigned after admitting to letting a burglary suspect off the hook and then trying to cover it up.

KRQE-TV reports ( that Mora [auth] County Sheriff Thomas Garza recently pleaded guilty to tampering with public records and agreed to give up his police certification.

Court documents say that Garza told a suspect in a March 2012 home burglary where firearms were taken, “If you give me the weapons I will let you go clean.”

Documents say he then told a deputy to write in the report that the guns were discovered during a missing-person investigation.

Garza later was accused of trying to let a DWI suspect off the hook, which led to a scuffle with a deputy.

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