Updated: February 18, 2020 10:09 PM
Created: February 18, 2020 07:49 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two stores in northeast Albuquerque were rammed by stolen trucks early Tuesday morning.
One truck rammed into the front of Dad's Fine Jewelers, a jewelry store on Wyoming near Constitution, at around 4 a.m.
"If someone was in front of it, they would have been killed," said the owner of the store, Pat Long.
The crook fled the scene after stealing jewelry from the store.
About two hours later, another truck rammed into the side of Butch's Guns on Candelaria, near Princeton.
Police said the truck that were used to ram the businesses were stolen from McDade-Woodcock Inc., an electrical business just south of the gun shop. A representative with the company said a total of six truck were stolen, two of which were recovered.
Police believe Leroy Martinez and a man he calls "Smiles" stole the trucks and rammed them into the businesses. Martinez was arrested, wearing items he stole from the electrical company.
“It’s safety equipment, like a reflective vest," said APD spokesperson Mike Anderson. "He was actually wearing a reflective headband from the company, and it was enough to catch the officer’s attention, knowing the business had been broken into earlier that morning.”
Anderson said Martinez is not unknown to law enforcement.
“It’s frustrating. Mr. Martinez was just arrested on the 14th for breaking into a vehicle at Route 66 Casino. He was cited. He’s back out. He has two pending drug cases out of Grants, Cibola County," Anderson said. "Hopefully, at this point someone we'll see the need to keep him in jail pending the outcome of his charges because he keeps getting out and committing crimes.”
"Smiles" has not been located, according to Anderson.
#APD Investigating Stolen Trucks Used to Rob Businesses— Albuquerque Police Department (@ABQPOLICE) February 18, 2020
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