Convenience store robber hits in broad daylight

Created: 07/27/2014 9:20 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness New 4

An armed robbery in broad daylight Sunday has an Albuquerque neighborhood on edge.

Already this month alone -- KOB has reported on several convenience stores robbed.

Now the store owners wonder if there is serial suspect on the loose.

A few burglaries targeting convenience stores have been caught on camera lately -- but no one's been arrested.

If it's the same guy, he's gone from striking when no one's around, to robbery at gunpoint in broad daylight.

"I just get nervous right away and I didn't know what to do," said Raj Subedi.

Subedi couldn't believe his eyes Sunday afternoon when a masked gunman stormed into his Y-Mart convenience store on San Pedro.

"He pointed the gun in my head and I have to give him all the money and cigarettes," he said.

Luckily the guy was caught on surveillance camera -- not just on one camera, but on four different cameras throughout this store.

Those cameras caught the whole thing -- about a minute and a half start-to-finish.

A guy walks in, points a gun at Subedi and tells him to empty the register. Then Subedi says the man told him to fill his bag with cash and cigarettes, and then get on the ground.

"He didn't even give me a chance to see his face," he said.

$1,800 bucks lost if you include the 4 or 5 cartons of cigarettes Subedi emptied into the robber's bag.

But that's nothing compared to the $26,000 in damage Subedi says a burglar caused when his store was burglarized in the dead of night last month.

"They take the register from here and take all cigarettes and they cut the lines inside like all electronics and gas pump line and everything," he said.

Sadly, it's not an unfamiliar story -- a couple weeks ago we told you about similar overnight burglaries at two other convenience stores in Albuquerque. One of them is owned by Subedi's family; that burglar was caught on tape too.

"We have all those pictures of the same person doing same thing and same way how they do it," he said.

APD says they are investigating that possibility, and on Sunday, police tell KOB it's not uncommon for crooks to hit the same place over and over because they start feeling comfortable with the area or the store.

If you think you recognize the guy in Sunday's video, call Sunday and report your tip at 242-COP, or Crimestoppers at 843-STOP.

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