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Stolen dog suspect arrested, faces other charges Web Staff
March 28, 2018 06:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Police apprehended a suspect accused of stealing a 6-year-old dog with special needs earlier this month, and they believe he's involved in other crimes.


Police say Melaquias Romero and an accomplice, Veronica Meza, have been running around Albuquerque for the past month burglarizing numerous cars and stealing several credit cards. Some of those auto burglaries happened at La Cueva High School.

On March 18, police say Romero hit the parking lot of a gym on Comanche. Police say Romero stole Kacie Martin's purse and her Pomeranian, Aiden.

"Toward the end of my workout, somebody came in and said that there was a white 4Runner that got broken into," she said.

A few days later, police learned Romero switched the license plates on a stolen Toyota he was driving with another Toyota to avoid detection. It's a problem police say they are seeing more often.

"You just have to be aware that these guys are out there stealing license plates – swapping plates – and there's a possibility you could be driving around with a stolen license plate," APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said.

On Saturday, police made contact with Romero. The stolen Toyota was reported outside a shopping center on Coors, and a pursuit ensued. At one point, police say Romero fired a handgun out the window and shot at officers.

He managed to get away, but not for long. On Tuesday, police found Romero again along with Meza. Police say he crashed the stolen Toyota into two police units before trying to flee on foot.

He was arrested and now faces a slew of charges including aggravated assault against a police officer, conspiracy, and stolen vehicle charges.

As for the stolen dog, Aiden's owners say he is still missing. Aiden has major health problems and requires medicine daily. His owner is asking for anyone with information to come forward. There is a $1,500 reward.

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