Mayor Recognizes Northwest Officers Who Caught One Of Albuquerque’s Top Property Crime Offenders

Officers Monte Curtis, Tommy Benavidez and Tomo Steward are this week’s Friday’s Heroes

ALBUQUERQUE – Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized on Friday three Albuquerque police officers who were able to capture one of the city’s most prolific property crime offenders.

Officers Monte Curtis, Tommy Benavidez and Tomo Steward and several other officers from APD’s Northwest Area Command took into custody Anthony Lucero who recently been featured in an Albuquerque Journal advertisement. Once a month, APD pays for an ad that features the city’s top property crime offenders.

The officers received this week’s Friday’s Heroes award. Each week a public safety employee who has gone above the call of duty is recognized by Mayor Berry or Public Safety Director Darren. The officers received the police chief’s coffee mug.

“The officers made a good catch,” Berry said. “And it should be a lesson to all of the other crooks out there. You commit a crime in this city, chances are your picture is going to be plastered in the newspaper and we will find you.”

About 11:07 a.m. Monday (Jan.25), officers Benavidez and Steward walked into a convenience store near Unser and Ladera NW. While inside, a clerk reported that one of her regular customers was featured in the Albuquerque Journal advertisement. As the officers were talking to the clerk, the man - later identified as Anthony Lucero - walked in. The two officers immediately went after the fugitive.

Lucero took off running and the officers called for backup. More than 10 Northwest Area Command officers responded and eventually officer Curtis took Lucero into custody. Lucero was wanted for aggravated battery, residential burglary and escape from community custody.