SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe man who admitted to robbing six stores in a four-day span now admits he had some help from his own mother to fuel their drug habit. Brett Armijo, 21, was arrested two weeks ago, but after six days of sitting in jail, Armijo decided he wasn’t going to be the only one to take the rap for the crime spree.
Armijo told investigators that his mother, Gerlinde Hackler, 42, was his partner-in-crime and even participated as the getaway driver in one robbery on Jan. 21 at Baskin-Robbins.
“That’s a little shocking to me,” said Kristen Quintana, a manager at the ice cream chain. “This man walked in. He said, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ I said, ‘I’m good, how are you? Can I help you?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I’m here to rob you.’ I said, ‘Are you serious?'” recalled Quintana. “I was scared,” she said.
Lt. Andrea Dobyns, spokesperson for the Santa Fe Police Department, said, “It’s really unusual, and it’s really unfortunate. Your parents are the ones who are supposed to be teaching you the right thing to do … not encourage you to do the wrong thing and commit crimes.”
According to court documents, “Brett Armijo disclosed that he had been and is addicted to heroin and that his mother had an addiction to crack cocaine.” The affidavit said, “They would both smoke crack cocaine together.”
“With what they got from the robberies, they were buying drugs and using them together,” Dobyns said.
The robbery series included hold-ups at a Subway, the Fill’er Up on Cerrillos, a Dollar General, Los Panchitos Mini Mart and a Baskin-Robbins.
Police also say Armijo indicated that his mother wanted him to target donation jars in businesses that are usually there to give to people in need.
Hackler is charged with robbery and conspiracy. Jail records show she bonded out Wednesday. Armijo remains in custody.