ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man with a history of stealing cars has been arrested again after getting caught in another stolen vehicle. Now, one of his victims is calling out New Mexico courts to make sure he stays behind bars this time.
“I got hurt really bad. It took like three months to recover,” says Cecilia Haldane.
Haldane remembers when Tyler Shumake and two other people approached her in the Hobby Lobby parking lot, off I-40 and Juan Tabo, in 2016. They asked her to help jump-start their car before they tried stealing hers.
“I saw the girl get in my car, and I kind of was suspicious so I grabbed my purse, and then the other two guys jumped in. I know it’s crazy, but I jumped in too,” Haldane told KRQE News 13 in September 2016.
Three years later, the 25-year-old has been arrested again on robbery related charges. State Police found him driving a stolen car new Menaul and University last week. “He still seems to take people’s property and steal from them, and lie to the courts and say he’s going to change for the better,” says Haldane.
Since Shumake’s robbery conviction in Haldane’s case, the career criminal has been in and out of jail on similar charges. Only a month after trying to steal Haldane’s car, court records show Shumake was spotted trying to steal a car from the Isleta Casino parking lot.
Then in July 2017, Albuquerque Police found him in a stolen car in a neighborhood near Central and Juan Tabo. He led police on a chase before getting caught.
The list of his charges continues. He took plea deals in most of these cases and got off on parole. Now, Haldane says enough is enough. “Very annoyed with the system that he gets off so easy,” she says.
After last Sunday’s arrest, the District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to have him locked up until trial, citing his extensive criminal history. Judge Alisa Hart agreed.
Now, Haldane is hoping this time around, Shumake will stay in jail. “I think Tyler Shumake needs to be kept in prison, not just for a short time, but for a long time,” she says.
Haldane says Shumake still hasn’t paid off his court-ordered restitution, so she is still having to pay off the damage he did to her car. As for the latest arrest, Shumake’s next court appearance is scheduled for later this month.