Video: Police catch man accused of breaking into gun shop


Matthew Robertson wasn’t even out of jail for two weeks before he was caught on camera shimmying through the ceiling at a gun and pawn shop in northeast Albuquerque.

It took the suspected burglar just 20 minutes to break into Wings, Firearms and Pawn on Sunday. But it took even less time for security and police to arrive and get the man in handcuffs. The entire incident was caught on surveillance video.

Chuck Travelstead is the president of Wings, Firearms and Pawn located just off Menaul and San Pedro. Sunday just before 9 a.m., he was awakened by his alarm system at the shop.

“My alarm went off that we had motion inside the shop around 8:53,” Travelstead said.

Minutes before that, a man was caught on video casing the entrance. He moved to the back of the building and tried to pry open one of the doors but he failed.

Somehow he gained access to the attic and broke in through the ceiling. Video shows him rifling through the shelves.

According to Travelstead, “150-200 guns are moved off the shelves every night and put in secure safes.”

Albuquerque Police said the man inside was Matthew Robertson. The 33-year-old was able to find two handguns and a few magazines. He walked out of the shop through the back door that locked behind him.

What Robertson didn’t know is that A-Tech Security alarm system prompted a response from security company International Protective Service, Inc. (IPS),  who then contacted APD and within six minutes had the shop surrounded.

“Talk about a team effort,” Travelstead said.

When Robertson was met out back by a handful of officers, video shows him tossing the guns from his pockets. According to police, he was taken into custody without incident.

“At the end everyone was safe and no firearms got away from the facility, that is critical to us,” Travelstead said.

It just so happens Robertson was released from jail nearly two weeks ago. Travelstead said because of crimes like this, he spends hundreds of dollars a month alone on private security.     

“It’s very disappointing that the legislature, our judicial’s and officials can’t get this under control,” Travelstead said.

Late Tuesday, prosecutors filed to keep him behind bars in this latest case.

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