Albuquerque police arrest suspects in major burglary ring | Crime
Albuquerque Police announced they've broken up a major burglary ring that feasted on homeowners. Police call them the "pillow case bandits."
At a Wednesday evening press conference police said the suspects would put the loot in pillow cases.
Police made six arrests and three more arrests are pending.
According to officials, the suspects are all in their early twenties and they are all heroin addicts.
Police stated at end of May and the beginning of June they noticed a significant increase in residential burglaries in Northeast Heights and the foothills area.
Police describe the suspects' spree as significant and totaling about $156,000.
Police said the suspects would go to a house, knock on the door and if no one was they home, force their way in.
They would grab a pillow case and stuff it with jewelry and small electronics then take off. Many of the stolen items ended up at pawn shops and jewelry shops.
Earlier this month, a neighbor spotted someone breaking into a home and that cracked the case.
Police Chief Ray Schultz said the suspects could be charged with racketeering because of the size and scope of the case.
Anyone who had a break-in and reported it to police should contact the Northeast Heights substation.
Police said they have many stolen items that have not been claimed.