ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A married couple accused of burglarizing a northeast Albuquerque home while three fearful children hid inside is under arrest, and police say they're still looking for another suspect.
Arthur and Yvette Quintana went before a judge Wednesday facing charges they burglarized the home Monday afternoon. Yyette Quintana is also known as Yvette Marie Rivera.
The kids, ages 7, 8 and 10, had walked home from their bus stop after school.
A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, watched the kids go inside. She then watched in horror as a man kicked in their front door.
"All I could think about was those kids," the neighbor told KRQE News 13. "All I could think about was what those kids were going through, what was going to happen to them."
The woman called 911 reporting the break-in and describing the suspects' car.
"The gentleman was stealing. He'd come out of the house, put stuff in the car, run back in the house," she recalled Wednesday.
All the while, the kids were trying to hide as police say a man stole more than $2,000 in electronics and jewelry.
When police arrived, a man and woman took off.
Police used information from the neighbor to track down the Quintanas on Tuesday. Investigator says they're still looking for a third suspect identified by the couple as "Oso."
Both suspects had $25,000 bonds, but the judge raised Arthur Quintana's bond to $40,000 based on his criminal history.
Police say they don't believe the Quintanas know the victims, and they're not sure about motive. Police say they suspect drug addiction likely played a role in the burglary, as Arthur told investigators he uses heroin.
Thursday the children's mother called News 13, saying she had arranged for a neighbor to keep an eye on her home while the kids were inside.
The neighbor says the kids are physically fine, but it was a very traumatic experience.
"They just started crying, they were so scared," the neighbor told KRQE News 13.
Both Arthur and Yvette Quintana told police it was "Oso" who kicked in the door and stole the goods from the home.
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