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Authorities searching for suspects behind string of robberies in SE NM

Faith Egbuonu
September 19, 2019 08:11 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Investigators believe they’re getting closer to catching the crooks behind a bizarre string of robberies in southeast New Mexico.

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"Victims are being followed from Wells Fargo Bank, and then are immediately met by the suspects at their first destination upon leaving the bank,” Lt. Jaime Balencia said.

Balencia said one suspect was interviewed in El Paso Thursday.

"We do have a good lead on a suspect who we actually interviewed today. We can link him to several of the burglaries,” Balencia said. “We’re in the process of possibly linking him to the robbery that occurred last Thursday.”

Police said a man was battered and robbed of his money after making a withdrawal at a Wells Fargo Bank in Carlsbad last week.

The suspect was reportedly driving a gold Honda Accord, similar to the one seen in a surveillance video from an auto burglary in Las Cruces a couple of weeks ago.

Police believe it’s the same car.

"The vehicle is the same, because some of the damage on the vehicle, we are able to tell it's the same vehicle,” Balencia said. “However the plate has been switched on a couple of occasions."

The latest incident has some Carlsbad resident on edge.

"I was telling my wife, you need to look around your surroundings when we leave at night or come in early in the morning,” said Carlsbad resident, Raynaldo Martinez.

Jimmy Broughton, a local business owner, said he isn’t taking any chances.

"I actually got a gun and put it in my name,” Broughton said. “We have to carry it around with the money and try to be safe as we can, because people are being real stupid doing with what they're doing."

The Carlsbad Police Department encourages anyone that has information about the crimes to give them a call at (575) 885-2111.

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