Suspect tied to stolen trucks charged in new shoplifting case

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New charges have been filed for the man police say took part in ramming a stolen truck into a number of businesses earlier this month.

“It took two windows and then the bars, threw the bars and a lot of the block and brick,” says Pat Long. The mess still hasn’t been cleaned up and it’s been a week since Long’s business was literally, broken into. “The driver of it was fortunate that he didn’t get injured himself,” he says.

Police say Leroy Martinez and a man known as “Smiles” stole several trucks from McDade-Woodcock Electrical last week. The pair then took one of those trucks and rammed it into Dad’s Fine Jewelry Store near Wyoming and Candelaria.

A week later, Pat and his wife, Lucille, are still picking up the pieces. “She doesn’t feel safe here,” he says.

It’s at the point Lucille says she doesn’t even want to re-open. “When someone is released who has just violated you, it’s very very uncomfortable,” she says.

Even through this ordeal, Pat is able to forgive Martinez. “He needs help because he’s doing it over and over. He needs to be kept in,” he says.

KRQE News 13 has learned Martinez is now charged with shoplifting from the Kohl’s at Coronado Mall. Police say on February 10th, Martinez stole more than $200 worth of jewelry.

The criminal complaint says police were able to match the 22-year-old to the crime because of his booking photos. Pat and Lucille say they’re not surprised by his latest charge, but they’re getting impatient. “I’m not afraid of him, but I am angry that our judicial system has allowed it,” says Lucille.

At the moment, Pat and Lucille say they are hoping to get the store back open within the next month, but it’s still up in the air.

Judge Daniel Ramczyk released Martinez earlier this week on strict court supervision.

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