Police: Thief hit every Albuquerque Target store

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a thief spent two months targeting every Target store in Albuquerque.

According to a criminal complaint, William Ainsworth hit five stores over the span of two months, stealing higher end goods typically locked in cabinets.

Police say Ainsworth would walk into stores and use what’s known as an “alpha key” to unlock cabinets protecting fragrances and electronics. In February, he hit the Lomas location and Montgomery location within an hour of each other.

In all, Ainsworth is accused of stealing $9,179 worth of goods including Beats by Dre headphones and speakers, smart watches, digital cameras and fragrances.

As of Saturday afternoon, Ainsworth was behind bars on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.

Online court records show Ainsworth has a lengthy criminal past including a 2007 incident where he later pled guilty to choking and stabbing Rozco the police dog while he was being chased by officers. The dog bit Ainsworth back and ultimately survived.

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