Suspected motorcycle thief caught at shelter

May 2, 2019

A 23-year-old Santa Fe man who eluded state police last month on a motorcycle that had been reported stolen was arrested days later trying to check into a local homeless shelter, court records show.

Jay Wagers had driven by New Mexico State Police officers on April 19, waving at them as he passed, during a brief chase onto Interstate 25 north of Santa Fe, an agency spokesman said. Police called off the chase for safety reasons and because they were able to positively identify the driver.

Wagers, who already faced criminal counts in another motorcycle theft in April and on suspicion of battery against a police officer in March, was seen later the same day at a restaurant at a Santa Fe golf course on Old Pecos Trail, where police say he “dined and dashed,” according to court records.

On April 22, police were called to the Interfaith Community Shelter at Pete’s Place on Cerrillos Road, where Wagers was attempting to check in for the night, court records show.

Police said he was found with a syringe containing suspected drugs in his pocket and with burglary tools.