LLPD still looking for burglars; buy back guns

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Los Lunas police say a white pickup truck was the getaway vehicle for burglars who broke into the Los Lunas Walmart on Dec. 25 and stole $30,000 in merchandise from iPads to guns.

Los Lunas police say a white pickup truck was the getaway vehicle for burglars who broke into the Los Lunas Walmart on Dec. 25 and stole $30,000 in merchandise from iPads to guns.

Police said at 2 a.m. on Christmas morning, the one day out of the year that Walmart is closed, three people, wearing all black, broke into the Los Lunas store and took the merchandise.

Outdoor surveillance footage shows the truck driving north onto Desert Willow Road about 1:50 a.m. and then again was caught on camera leaving the store and turning west on Palmilla Road about 3:10 a.m.

"Our officers are working closely with Walmart officials to identify and arrest those responsible for this burglary," said Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick.

Police believe the individuals took at least six rifles along with TVs, computers, cameras and cigarettes. The fourth person waited for the others in a getaway vehicle.

Los Lunas Police Lt. Naithan Gurule said police are hoping that some merchandise stolen turns up on the street. He said residents should call police if they suspect items are stolen.

"It's definitely an avenue we pay attention to or watch for," Gurule said.

Gurule said police believe the security guard on duty that night did see the break-in.

The Los Lunas Police Department is offering to buy back guns from anyone who unknowingly purchased the stolen firearms from the burglary in exchange for any information that could lead to the identity of the persons involved and any other information on the case.

Five of the guns are Remington 700 Bolt-Action rifles and the sixth is a Remington shotgun. The serial numbers for the Remington 700 rifles are as follows: RR06178B; RR41286A; G6972782; G69004076 and RR17531B. The serial number for the sixth gun is TL072669.

LLPD has obtained a new security video from the Kicks 66 gas station, where four persons and their vehicle are caught on video at 1:42 a.m. just minutes prior to breaking into Walmart. Two hooded persons are riding in the back of a white pickup truck and two hooded suspects are riding in the cab.

The four hooded persons exit the vehicle, leave the view of the camera for a couple minutes, and then return to the vehicle driving away in the direction of Walmart. The same persons are observed on video breaking into Walmart just after 2 a.m.

The vehicle is described as a white pickup truck, single cab with a rack in the rear bed.

Anyone having any information regarding the white pickup truck are asked to call LLPD detectives at 352-7674. Residents can also text a tip to police by texting the tip to LLPD274-637. You can report a crime online by visiting www.loslunasnm.gov/reportacrime. Those reporting a crime can remain anonymous.


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