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APD Officers Continue to Recover Stolen Vehicles

APD Auto Theft News Release: APD Officers Continue to Recover Stolen Vehicles

March 31, 2018

APD officers continue to aggressively pursue serial auto thieves who are using stolen vehicles to commit multiple crimes. APD worked with New Mexico State Police on many of the successful operations.

The latest arrests and recovery of stolen vehicles was early this morning as Valley Area Command officers spotted two cars and suspects during the officer’s field briefing near 2201 Arno St. S.E.

The officers arrested two people around 4 a.m. today after they determined both vehicles had been robbed from their owners at gunpoint. After arresting Marlene Garcia, who also had three misdemeanor warrants, officers searched for an unknown male who fled the scene. During the investigation, a third person, Emanuel Carmona, was identified and found to have three felony warrants. A single stolen license plate was recovered with the two stolen vehicles. One male subject is still outstanding.

Today’s arrests follow a week of successful arrests and vehicle recoveries by APD officers throughout the city.

Monday, March 26

Officers from the Valley Area Command recovered 5 vehicles from two locations at the 2900 block of Topeka. Working with Auto Theft detectives, Valley officers arrested three individuals on various charges.

Tuesday, March 27

Officers from the Northeast, Valley and Foothills Impact teams, working with APD Air Support, Special Investigations and K9 units to track down three serial auto burglars who were driving a stolen Toyota 4Runner. The individuals had been on a crime spree, which included several auto burglaries and credit card fraud, over several weeks. APD is working closely with the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office to ensure suspect Melaquias Romero is kept in custody because his criminal conduct shows he is a danger to the community.

Thursday, March 29

Officers recovered three stolen vehicles at 424 Rhode Island NE as a result of an investigation. With help from SWAT and the Auto Theft unit, officers arrested Christopher Madore.

Thursday, March 29

Auto Theft detectives arrested 5 people and recovered 4 stolen motorcycles at 1408 Conchas NE as a result of an investigation. Detectives also discovered the suspects had altered the Vehicle Identification Number on at least one stolen vehicle.

Friday, March 30 – 11 p.m.

Officers arrested Jordan White today as he attempted to steal a vehicle at the Albertson’s at 111 Coors Blvd N.W. White was found to have two felony warrants. He was charged with Receiving/Transferring a Stolen Motor Vehicle.