Created: 07/10/2014 9:41 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Cops say Gabriel Matthews, 42, stole a pickup-truck, drove it to a popular supermarket in southwest Albuquerque, and then hid inside the store. Police arrested Matthews after they evacuated and searched the Pro's Ranch Market on Atrisco and Central.
The last couple of years, Matthews has had a lot of face-time with APD. So, when cops say they saw him driving a stolen pickup truck, they cautiously followed him here to pro's ranch market.
When Matthews ditched the stolen pickup truck outside the market in, APD says they found something troubling inside, a tactical vest from a local police department. A stolen police vest, in the possession, cops say, of a man with an extensive criminal background.
“Mostly property crimes, burglaries, receiving transferring of stolen motor vehicles, and then obviously his active warrant for battery with a deadly weapon,” said with APD.
Matthews has been charged with crimes seven times since 2013.
Twice in June 2013, for assault with a deadly weapon. In November 2013, a stolen vehicle charge. Another in January this year, plus tampering with evidence. In February, an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. Another stolen car several weeks ago in June. He failed to show up to court for one of those charges recently, that got him an arrest warrant.
Matthews was found un-armed hiding inside a giant walk-in freezer inside the market after an extensive search.
Police are following several leads to figure out how he got ahold of that tactical vest.