Police catch 'Pillowcase Bandit' at ABQ Sunport
Posted at: 09/24/2013 8:06 AM
| Updated at: 09/24/2013 8:17 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Toomy Coogler was arrested at the Albuquerque Sunport on Friday.
Source: Albuquerque Police Department
Albuquerque police finally caught the notorious "Pillowcase Bandit" who had been on the run since 2011.
On Friday, police recorded the arrest of Tommy Coogler at the Albuquerque Sunport as he got off a plane from California. Coogler was convicted for his role in a crime ring known for stuffing pillowcases with possessions from the homes they robbed.
The crime ring's spree totaled about $156,000.
But before Coogler could be sentenced, he fled to California and got a job working for a security company.
The Albuqureque Police Department worked with California authorities to see if Coogler could be linked to any new crimes.