ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Within 12 hours after a teen was caught on camera stealing donations meant for the officers wounded in last weekend's shooting rampage, he was caught by police.
The suspect was identified by the Albuquerque Police Department as Ricky Roybal, 18.
According to police Roybal was the guy caught on surveillance video Friday morning stealing a donation box with about $40 from the Donut Mart on Sequoia Road NW near Coors Boulevard.
An employee, Morgan Morlen, told KRQE News 13 she saw Roybal Friday afternoon at a nearby business, so she called police and followed him until officers arrived.
"This could have been the only chance that we could get them, so I wanted to make sure that they got him," Morlen said.
Officers were able to catch up to Roybal, and KRQE News 13 did, too.
When asked if he thought he was doing something wrong when he took the money, he replied, "Nah, I needed food."
Roybal told police a similar sob story.
"He told the detective that he's in desperate, dire straights right now, doesn't have any money," Sgt. Trish Hoffman said.
The money he took was meant for the Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy and APD officers wounded during Saturday's ambush, pursuit and running gun battles.
"I was shocked. It kind of made me feel sick, you know?" said Donut Mart's co-owner Tahir Gauba. "What kind of a person would do something like that?".
Roybal told KRQE News 13 he did not know what the money was for then he defended his actions.
"It was for a good reason for me, so I don't know, I don't think I should feel bad," he said.
Others though, do think he should feel bad.
"Shame on him," Morlen said.
Even though officer's caught up with Roybal, they could not take him to jail because stealing $40 is only a misdemeanor.
"I know people are going to be really upset, but like anyone else on a larceny charge, it's not a felony and he's not a violent criminal," Hoffman said.
While he avoided a trip to jail, he will have to find a new place to get donuts. He's been banned from Donut Mart.
When people heard about the theft they opened their wallets. At last check the donut shop had collected around $300 more for the wounded officers.
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