SANDOVAL COUNTY, NM (KRQE) – A man connected to burglaries in the Jemez area is behind bars, months after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested Nehemiah Hillhouse on September 30th.
Hillhouse pleaded guilty to two separate burglaries in the Jemez area in 2017 that he committed with his brother. He was supposed to turn himself in for a probation violation in February for failing to turn himself in, but he didn’t. At the time, he was also charged with breaking into the Jemez Springs Police Department in March 2021. “They basically took everything that would be used for law enforcement or security. We were concerned because our uniforms were taken,” said Chief Felix Nunez, Jemez Springs Police Department.
When Sandoval County deputies searched Hillhouse’s home, they found everything from a stolen duty belt from the department to a drill that had been stolen from Los Alamos National Laboratory. However, that case was dismissed, but those charges could be brought up again. With Hillhouses latest arrest and suspended probation, he could serve as much as a year behind bars.