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September 15, 2021

Unfinished home can be burglarized

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just because a house under construction isn't finished and lacks key features doesn't mean it's not a dwelling under the New Mexico law that makes burglary of a residence a crime, an appellate court ruled for the first time.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in case from San Juan County, upholding Albert Dell Shelby's conviction for residential burglary of a home that was enclosed and had a complete exterior but had an incomplete interior and lacked utility services.

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