Albuquerque pet store robbed at gunpoint


For the second time in two months, Petland Albuquerque has been hit by thieves.

“He came around me on this other side and had the gun out and said, ‘Let’s go to the register,'” said Petland employee Terry Goodman.

Surveillance video recorded Wednesday afternoon shows a hooded man wearing sunglasses and a bandana walk into the store on Paseo Del Norte and San Pedro and look around for an employee. No one was up at the register, so he went searching through the aisles.

“I was stocking cat food. I was right here when that young man came up,” said Goodman.

Goodman said the man whispered to her, as if trying not to scare customers in the store, demanding she go to the front of the store and give him all of the money in the cash register.

On her way, Goodman had a discreet conversation with a customer.

“I told her, I need you to call 911, I’m being robbed at gunpoint,” said Goodman.

The customer called 911 and Goodman tried to stall.

Minutes went by, and video shows the armed suspect casually waiting for Goodman to open the register. Then, the phone rings and spooks the would-be-robber. 

Video shows him running out of the store empty-handed and jumping into a getaway car, a black Cadillac Escalade.

Almost exactly two months ago, Petland was hit by two thieves for the first time since the store opened six years ago.

“Two times, too close together. We’re just not very comfortable with it at all,” said Terri Hallbert, owner of Petland.

Then, thieves ran in and stole two rare birds right out of their cages.

No suspects have been arrested in either case.

The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating both cases.

If you recognize any of the men in the surveillance video or have any information, call Crimestoppers at 505-843-STOP.

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