He’s a poster child for what’s plaguing Albuquerque these days.
Thursday, a man with a long history of arrests for breaking into cars — and who was recently accused of stealing a Pomeranian — faced a judge as prosecutors argued he needs to stay behind bars for everyone’s sake.
This time, 32-year-old Melaquias Romero is facing a judge at a detention hearing after his recent arrest for breaking into cars, and shooting a gun from the sunroof of an SUV as police chased him.
“Endangering the community, specifically, with the activity to fire a firearm and fleeing from law enforcement and then using the vehicle as a weapon against law enforcement,” prosecutors said.
Earlier last month, police believe Romero broke into a car and stole a 6-year-old Pomeranian inside named “Aiden.”
Albuquerque Police arrested Romero at a gas station last week, then were able to connect him to dozens of other thefts and burglaries around the city.
They believe he’s been burglarizing cars and stealing credit cards, from gyms and other places across Albuquerque.
“This guy has just been tearing the whole city up in the meantime and he didn’t care what he took,” Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik said last week.
Thursday, the prosecutor requested he stay behind bars until trial, claiming he’ll just commit more crimes.
Romero’s attorney argued to get him out of jail on an ankle monitor, but District Court Judge Neil Candelaria wouldn’t have it.
“He had a pending charge at the time of defense. He was on conditions of release. He has a prior misdemeanor felony conviction,” the judge said.
Judge Candelaria agreed with prosecutors and ordered Romero held until trial.
APD says Romero, along with his girlfriend and ex-girlfriend, broke into at least 30 cars and homes in a three week span.