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Man steals appliances from Rio Rancho home, tries to sell them on Facebook

Megan Abundis
December 17, 2018 06:32 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – A Rio Rancho man was arrested after making what police call a ‘dumb move.’


Investigators said the man broke into a house, stole some appliances, and then tried selling those appliances to Rio Rancho Police officers.

Police said the suspect advertised the stolen appliances by posting pictures of them from inside the victim's home.

The burglary happened at a house near Archibeque and Pecos Loop in southeast Rio Rancho.

"This person was actually able to break into the home through a doggy door," said Captain Andrew Rodriguez, Rio Rancho Police Department.

Police said the homeowner found out about the burglary from a friend.

"'Hey your stuff is on sale on Facebook, I didn't realize you were doing that.' She said, 'Well that's funny, I'm not selling my stuff on Facebook' and the friend said 'It looks like your appliances, your home that's on Facebook.'"

The Facebook postings were clear.  The suspect was selling a stainless steel black stove and a red washer and dryer.

The pictures that were posted were taken inside the victim's home.

"Criminology 101, that's not a good thing to do," Rodriguez said.

So, undercover police went to work, police posed as a potential buyer and met at a gas station in Albuquerque, busting 32-year-old Adam Romero.

"He tried to sell stolen items to police officers," Rodriguez said. "They say we only catch the dumb ones, that's not always true, but in this case, I think that was correct."

Romero is now charged with receiving stolen property.

According to police, Romero said he was selling the appliances for a friend.  Police said they are investigating that guy too.

"You never know how we're going to catch you but we'll catch you," he said.

Romero appeared before a judge on the receiving stolen property charge. He was released because he does not have a history of failing to show up for court.


Megan Abundis

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