Police catch couple behind Craigslist armed robberies

Updated: 06/05/2014 6:47 PM | Created: 06/05/2014 2:10 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque couple is behind bars after police say they used Craigslist as a front to pull off several armed robberies.

One Nob Hill shop owner said she was held up in her own store and robbed.

Patricia Jensen is back to work at her Nob Hill grooming shop, but she's still shaken up.

"I don't know, I think I was just in shock, like, 'Is this really happening?'" Jensen said.

Just a couple weeks ago, Jensen was trying to sell a designer purse on Craigslist. The potential buyers met Jensen at her store to see the purse, and things quickly took a scary turn.

"So they were faced this way, looking at the board and then I heard the gun get loaded," Jensen said. "And they pointed it at me and told me to get down."

The couple, identified by police as Rebecca Martinez and William Hall, grabbed the purse for sale and took Jensen's personal purse with her cell phone and credit cards. Surveillance video caught the two leaving the area.

"I wasn't really freaked out," Jensen said. "It kind of hit me later. I think was more upset that they got away with it."

But the two didn't get away for long. Police arrested Martinez and Hall on Tuesday.

APD said the couple used Craigslist to set up several other robberies in the past couple weeks, including two incidents KOB reported on at Wells Fargo parking lots and an armed robbery at Winrock Mall.

"I was worried about somebody getting hurt," Jensen said. "I just gave in and got down. But if someone would have challenged them, I think they could have got shot."

APD suggests people doing Craiglist sales using an APD substation as a meeting spot.

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