Video: Police take down suspect accused of breaking into gun shop


Officers said it took 20 minutes for a man to break into an Albuquerque gun shop, and even less time for security and police to show up.

Wednesday, Albuquerque police released video showing the moments the brazen accused burglar was hauled off in handcuffs.

In late October police were dispatched, on a Sunday, to Wings, Firearms and Pawn in northeast Albuquerque. 

A burglar had broken into the shop after gaining access to the attic and it was all caught on surveillance video. 

APD said the man on camera is Matthew Robertson. What Robertson didn’t know was two IPS security guards and a handful of APD officers were waiting for him out back.

Robertson was standing on a wood pallet placed alongside the Conex box that allowed police to have a good view of him. When police saw that Robertson was pulling items from his pockets, they asked what he had.

“I have what they call a ‘pry-bar’ and it’s used for protection,” Robertson said.

However, surveillance video shows Robertson toss what police later discovered were two handguns from inside the shop. 

Police lapel shows officers ordered Robertson to come out the way he got in, through this hole in the fence. Once officers had him in handcuffs, Robertson denied ever being inside and even questioned why he was being arrested.

“Why am I going to jail? I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told police.

Police said Robertson lied about who he was because he had warrants for his arrest. He’s still in jail Wednesday night.

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