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Woman arrested for breaking into storage units

BRITTANY COSTELLO
August 21, 2018 06:04 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It appears a series of criminal events led to burglaries at Northeast Heights Self Service Storage.

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According to a criminal complaint, the self-storage code was stolen from a new customer in early August.

Three different times the same woman and her friends are seen entering the facility. Turns out, each time they're plugging in a code that belongs to someone else, Lyle Wieman.

“I started noticing suspicious activity on my bank account,” said Wieman.

Along with a number of items his personal information was taken from his locked storage unit.

It turns out, he was one of multiple victims. Angel Romero's unit was hit, too.

Romero said her entire life was stuffed inside a backpack she had stored there.“I got the email and it said, 'Angel, unfortunately, your unit has been broken into we need you to contact us,'”  she said.

Romero was just one of the people whose units were broken into last Thursday.

“My first initial reaction was, my backpack,” said Romero. “I didn't care about anything else. It was just my backpack.”

Her backpack was gone.

“Mine and my kids’ documents,” she said. “All of our personal information, social security numbers, birth certificate, marriage certificate. Everything was in there. My whole life pretty much.”

After Wieman got his hands on the surveillance pictures and video he started his own search. He discovered a check in his name had been made out someone else.

“The person’s name that it was written out too I did a google search on and that led me to an address,” he said.

It ultimately led him to Hillary Anderson. He found her near Valencia and Zuni Sunday in the same car seen in the video. After finding her location he then called police.

Wieman was also able to track down his stolen snowboard which was for sale on the offer up app.

“I was surprised and I was thinking about what I was going to do next,” said Wieman. “What I wanted to do was to get out and confront the person but I knew that probably would result in a great outcome.”

Tuesday Anderson made her first court appearance, where it was learned she has at least three pending felony cases.

Many of them involved similar crimes. The Judge set a cash bond. But because of her pending cases she’s still in jail on a no-bond hold.

The manager for the storage unit told KOB they are cooperating with police and also filed a report.

Anderson was arrested and is being charged with non-residential burglary. The vehicle she was driving also came back stolen.

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