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Local, state law enforcement conduct auto theft operation

Erica Zucco
May 18, 2018 06:05 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On Thursday more than 65 officers and deputies from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police teamed up for an auto theft operation.

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They met for a briefing, then headed out to complete a tactical plan.

“Looking for vehicles, looking for offenders,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III. “Obviously people that are actually here today, the auto theft personnel, will specifically be looking at those individuals that have been doing investigations (on).”

In some cases, deputies or officers conducted traffic stops, using the information they gained to learn whether a driver was in a car or truck they owned. In other situations, officers patrolled theft hot spots looking for stolen vehicles or followed tips to clear theft investigations.

“We’ll continue to do this as long as we have an issue. So this could be an ongoing, long-term initiative,” Sheriff Gonzales said.

According to BCSO, a total of 70 stops were made, 25 citations were issued, 13 arrests were made, nine stolen vehicles were recovered, and one firearm and .25 ounces of Methamphetamine were seized.

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