Mayor Richard J. Berry Honors APD Detectives
August 3, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - On Friday, August 3, 2012, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized members of the Albuquerque Police Department for their roles in taking auto burglars off the streets of Albuquerque.
Sergeant Art Gamboa, Detective’s Aaron Jones, Chris Maes, Jimmy Bledsoe, Justin Montgomery, and Rob Lujan are this week’s Friday’s Heroes.
In December of 2011 these Night Investgation Team (NITe) Detectives were tasked to implement the new bait item program. The focus of this program is to use technology to target auto burglars who are victimizing hundreds of citizens on a monthly basis. When Mayor Berry took office, he and his team laid out a 15 point property crime plan and this initiative was 1 of the 15 that he promised to implement when he took office to combat property crime.
During the first couple of months the team saw slight success averaging four arrests per month. That number spiked dramatically in April, when the team arrested 24 individuals for auto burglary and related charges. Recently, one of these bait arrests led to the identification and arrest of a homicide offender. In total, the program has arrested 84 individuals for stealing bait property.
These detectives work one week rotations and it is not uncommon that they get called out every day to respond to a call of this nature. Members of the NITe team have sacrificed a lot of their personal time to ensure success for this program.
There have been numerous agencies across the country that routinely contact these detectives for advice on bait technology. The City of Albuquerque has seen a slight reduction in the number of auto burglaries and it is believed to be a direct result of the work put in by the NITe detectives.