A serial burglar who KRQE News 13 reported on back in 2011 is now charged with 16 more burglaries, and it’s likely that at least half a dozen more will be added to that list.
Business owners in the East Mountains have been trying for weeks to identify the burglar who has been targeting them. Now, deputies say they know who it is. His name is Cody Henson, and he’s accused of a whole lot more than just those burglaries.
“To know that this happened to us, a small business, was very saddening,” said Anthony Manzanares, a barber at Scissors Village Salon, Spa and Boutique.
Manzanares says at least $400 was stolen from the salon he works at. The burglar also caused damage to their property.
“The framing, we had to replace the framing and the whole door,” said Manzanares.
Scissors Village Salon, Spa and Boutique is only one of at least five East Mountain businesses that have been burglarized in the past month.
“We heard about the forestry department, and I guess from there they stole donation stuff,” said Manzanares.
There were also burglaries at a dance academy, a rehab center, Triangle Grocery, and Molly’s Bar. Authorities believe Cody Henson is the man responsible. He’s also the same guy who allegedly broke into two Albuquerque Valvoline locations earlier this month.
“Apparently he had used a crowbar to open the front door, chained the safe and ripped it through the two walls,” said Julie Leyba, Service Center Manager at Valvoline.
During that burglary, Henson made a big mistake — getting his Hummer stuck in the mud behind the businesses. Employees put two and two together, and called the police.
A search of Henson’s property uncovered loads of stolen goods, including a cash drawer that’s now linked him to at least 16 burglaries — six in Albuquerque, eight in Santa Rosa, and two more in Santa Fe where he was finally arrested last Tuesday.
Police say it’s likely more cases could be tied to him as they continue to investigate. Meanwhile, the victims are happy he’s off the streets.
“People need to get off their butts and work. The damage he caused to the building is way more than if he even got into the safe,” said Leyba.
Police arrested Henson at a Motel 6 in Santa Fe after finding his truck, which was caught on surveillance video in many of the burglaries.
Bernalillo County deputies are still working to charge Henson with the many of the East Mountains cases.
Arresting officers found three bank deposit bags inside the truck at the time of the arrest.
KRQE News 13 previously reported that Henson is well known in Torrance County, where he was found with loads of stolen property in 2011. Henson lives in Moriarty.