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Homeowner uses private investigator to identify thieves

Joy Wang
September 12, 2017 06:20 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In a private northwest Albuquerque neighborhood near Coors and Paseo, one thing is clear. The homeowners want people to know there are cameras everywhere and they're being watched at all times.

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But according to court documents, the surveillance didn't stop two people from breaking into a home. Deputies arrested Cesar Ivan Trevizo and charged him with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Court documents say a private detective identified two of the three people that allegedly burglarized the home, and surveillance showed two men "walk up to the front door where it appears they see if anyone is home” then "exit the residence carrying a brown pillow case with items inside."

"People seem to be frustrated. So what I do if they call me, I'll start working on it right away to see if we can get any major leads or leads done as soon as possible,” said Richard Montoya, a private investigator.

Montoya is also a retired APD detective. He didn't handle this case but said over the years he's been getting more calls when it comes to burglaries.

"If the homeowner does have his own camera system, then I do have access to it right away," Montoya said. "I can do some checking starting with that then check with other people, other areas and other sources to see if I can identify these people.”

Montoya said he thinks the economy has a lot to do with people hiring him. If people have some extra money, they'll pay for more resources to solve certain cases.

"I cannot as a private investigator make an arrest, but when I do get information, I will pass it on to police as soon as I can and they'll follow up and they'll make the case itself and make an arrest," Montoya said.

It's always important to check someone's credentials before hiring an investigator, Montoya said.

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