ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) - Albuquerque police have broken a very expensive burglary ring which detectives say preyed on homes in the northeast heights.
So far police know $156,000 worth of goods were stolen, but they believe many more victims are out there. The thieves targeted mostly jewelry and small electronics.
Six young men have been arrested, but police believe there are at least three more suspects still out there. The group has been running a burglary ring for at least six months, possibly a year.
Police say the men were stealing and selling the valuables at pawn shops so they could turn around and buy heroin.
They had a standard operating procedure: they'd head up to homes, knock on the door, make sure no one was home and then break in.
Police think they hit dozens of homes in the northeast heights, and detectives need the victims to come forward.
"If a victim had a burglary and a pillow case was taken, it's very likely it was part of this burglary ring, but they did take other items to take property including backpacks," said Sgt. Liz Thompson with APD.
The burglars commonly took a backpack or pillow case from the homes they burglarized as well. Victims are urged to contact APD's foothill command at 332-5240.
This ring wouldn't have been taken down if it wasn't for the help of an observant neighbor of a prior victim. He'd spoken with detectives and knew to be on the lookout for the suspects' car.
When he saw it return to his neighborhood days later, he called police who arrested three of the accused burglars. The ring unraveled from there.
The suspects are all facing burglary charges. Police believe the ring was so organized that the suspects will also be charged with racketeering which carry harsher penalties.
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