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ABQ hemp store burglarized

Brittany Costello
March 11, 2018 10:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A carjack and a blow torch – that's what a local business says a suspect used to break in early Saturday morning.


The crook got away with a register and caused thousands of dollars' worth of damage.

That suspect spent an hour right outside the doors trying to get in to this building where the CBD Boutique is. KOB was told he used a car jack to pry these bars open before taking a blowtorch to the other door behind it. 

But he didn't get away completely unnoticed.

"Once he got in, it seemed like he was kind of trying to just get what he needed and get out," said Alexandra Lamphier, a CBD Boutique employee.

After pacing back-and-forth with a flashlight in hand, a hooded man can be seen picking up a register and throwing it on the ground. The actual cash box is shoved under his arms before he rushes beneath a broken wooden door.

"He did some pretty extensive damage to the exterior, and also our inner door," Lamphier said.

She said that's because it took him an hour Saturday to actually get into the building the CBD Boutique is housed in.

Lamphier said he took a car jack to the metal security bars out front before melting through that Plexiglas door. Once inside, he simply kicked the business door in, breaking the bottom half that can be seen in the video above.

"It’s pretty frustrating to know that, within that time, nobody saw him attempting to break in or anything, and it must have been noisy," Lamphier said. "So it's really frustrating."

Frustrating but, unfortunately, not altogether surprising.

"During the day it's a pretty busy area. There's a lot of people working. However, in the evening it seems to get a little shady," she said.

The crook got away with money and a box of product, and caused more than $2,000 worth of damage.

But he didn't get away without leaving behind one big clue: his face, on camera.

If you know anything about this incident you're ask to contact police.




Brittany Costello

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