APD arrests suspect in Green Jeans burglaries
July 11, 2017 10:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- For weeks, an elusive burglar struck businesses in the Green Jeans Farmery and then vanished. He was captured on surveillance video many times.
Albuquerque police officers believe they have their man in custody.
Police say Nicholas Smith made several repeat visits to Green Jeans, but the streak ended earlier Tuesday evening when police arrested him down here in an arroyo near Carlisle Boulevard and I-25 not far from where he allegedly committed crimes.
Smith, 23, now faces five counts of burglary and another five counts of larceny for the string of burglaries at the popular business community. Smith didn't have anything to say to news cameras, but APD did. Police even laid out objects they found on Smith -- tools, alcohol and needles.
"He confessed. He said he's just breaking into these places to survive," said Simon Drobik, a public information officer for APD. "I mean that's no excuse. He'll have to account for that, but that's what's happening when people get hooked on dope. Their family gets rid of them and they start a life of crime living on the streets."
There were several victims of burglary and vandalism at the hip shipping container community. Jamie Young, the owner of Rockin' Taco, was there to capture the moment they finally felt like justice was being served.
"Truly I'm going to sleep well tonight," Young said. "I have my new equipment that I can now put that into my restaurant in good faith that it will be there tomorrow night."
Police say Smith's criminal history prior to being charged with these burglaries is very minor, but they did reveal the same detective who arrested him months ago was the same guy to pick him back up Tuesday.
For now, Smith is being held on a $20,000 cash or surety bond until he appears before a judge, which should be Wednesday.
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Updated: July 11, 2017 10:15 PM
Created: July 11, 2017 09:27 PM
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