ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Stolen trucks were used in a smash and grab crime spree at two Albuquerque stores. One of the suspects is now in jail, the same one he was released from less than three days before.
The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating after trucks were stolen from an electrical business and used to drive into two local businesses on Tuesday morning. APD reports four white trucks were stolen from McDade-Woodcock, Inc. and two were used as battering rams to enter Dad’s Fine Jewelers and Butch’s Guns.
Authorities report that the four trucks were stolen from McDade-Woodcock, Inc. just before 4 a.m. at the company store. APD officers responded to a robbery at Dad’s Fine Jewelers at 4:13 a.m. where the stolen truck was rammed into the building, giving the suspects access to the store.
At 5:53 a.m., a third incident was reported at Butch’s Guns where another stolen truck was used to drive through the wall of the business. Police said two guns were stolen as well as a couple of scopes.
The jewelry store owner says nothing appears to be missing from his shop but wants to see more done about the crime in New Mexico. “It’s scary because the criminal element is becoming more emboldened because they keep getting released onto our streets, and they’re learning how to do it better and better and get away with it,” said Dad’s Fine Jewelry owner Pat Long.
Police eventually caught up with 22-year-old Leroy Martinez, who they say was wearing gear that belonged to McDade-Woodcock, Inc. and matched the description of the suspect on surveillance cameras.
“He did admit to breaking into the business, stealing the vehicles, using one of those vehicles to break into the jewelry store,” said APD spokesperson Mike Anderson.
Martinez claims he was working with a man named “Smiles.” but police are still trying to figure out who “Smiles” is.
Police recovered three out of the four stolen trucks. The owner of the jewelry store says nothing was stolen from his store.
Martinez was arrested on Valentine’s Day for allegedly breaking into a car at the Route 66 Casino. He was released the next day.