ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's not the kind of greeting you'd expect when you step off a plane at the Sunport.
Police were waiting at the gate for a suspect in a burglary ring - someone they've wanted to get off the streets for a long time.
APD got a tip that a known felon with a warrant for his arrest in another recent burglary was flying back to Albuquerque.
Tommy Coogler is one of the "Pillowcase Bandits," a gang that ransacked homes in 2011. They were known for filling their victim's pillowcases with their possessions.
"He was fairly stunned for the first several minutes. It wasn't until we explained why we were there, what we were there for, that it started to sink in," said Sgt. J.J. Griego with the Albuquerque Police Department.
Coogler pled guilty to 10 burglary charges as part of that ring and is supposed to be sentenced this week.
Police say he fled to California after there was a warrant for his arrest in another recent burglary. When they heard he was coming him back, police didn't want to take any chances.
"We understand Mr. Cougler has a substance abuse issue and he's driven by that issue," Griego said.
Coogler told police that he'd found a job working for a home security company in the short time he was in California.
"He kind of chuckled at the fact that he got a job with a burglar alarm or home security alarm company, but he did state he was trying to get his life back on track," Griego said.
APD is now investigating if Coogler used his job in California to his advantage to burglarize more homes.
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