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Burglary Rate Slows In Socorro

Mountain Mail of Socorro, New Mexico

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After 13 incidents in the first three weeks of January, there have been none since, according to officer Richard Lopez.

SOCORRO - The rate of burglaries in Socorro has slowed, according to reports at the Socorro Police Department. In fact, there have been no reported burglaries in the past two weeks.

Officer Richard Lopez told the Mountain Mail that by the third week of January, 13 arrests have been made in connection with a series of burglaries beginning the first of the year.

"We don't believe there was a gang, or organized burglary ring. Just guys going from one neighborhood to another," Lopez said. "All those arrested were juveniles.

Lopez said one suspect has an arrest warrant pending and has not been located.

"Since charging the 13 suspects we haven't had a single burglary," he said. "It looks like we were able to hit a note. One we arrested was linked to several of these burglaries. Once he was arrested, they stopped."

He said he has interviewed 10 other suspects. "There will more arrests as our investigations continue," he said.

The last burglary report in Socorro was January 22.

Lopez said it was important for victims of burglary to contact the police as soon as possible.

"We had one victim who heard someone trying to open his door at two o'clock in the morning. He opened the door and confronted the suspect, who then fled. He was able to pick the guy out of a lineup," he said. "But he didn't call us until eight in the morning. We learned from the suspect that if he had called us at 2 a.m. It might have prevented five more robberies that night. If we have the information we act on it. That's our job. Call us."

Lopez said the most common items stolen were laptops, Xbox 360s, Wii games, and firearms.

"We're starting to crack down on those buying this stolen property," Lopez said. "We will be prosecuting them as well as the burglary suspects. It makes it harder on the burglars to sell what they've stolen."

The important thing, Lopez said, "is to either have a record of your serial numbers, or engrave items with your name.

"Always remember to lock your vehicles. Take valuables out of your vehicles at night and try to park in a lighted area," he said.

'Also call us if you see something suspicious, like if someone is loading up stereo equipment, or something out of the ordinary in the neighborhood."



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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2010



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