Couple arrested in string of Craigslist robberies

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque couple is behind bars accused of using Craigslist to prey on unsuspecting sellers.

According to a criminal complaint, the pair would respond to ads, set up meetings in public, and then rob the sellers at gunpoint.

William Hall and Rebecca Martinez were arrested Wednesday. They face charges for a string of armed robberies between May 10 and 25 in Albuquerque.

Patricia Jensen, who has a pet grooming shop in Nob Hill, said she was held at gunpoint by the duo. Jensen was trying to sell a designer purse on Craigslist a few weeks ago when a woman contacted her about the posting. She told the woman and her boyfriend to come by the shop.

“I’ve always felt safe using Craigslist,” Jensen said. “They came in they looked at the purse.”

Jensen said things quickly took a scary turn.

“I just heard him loading the gun and pointed it at me and told me to get down. They took the purse, took my purse with everything in it, my phone, my car keys, my credit cards everything and they left,” Jensen recalled.

Surveillance cameras caught the pair’s car in the parking lot.

Jensen said she’s relieved Hall and Martinez are behind bars and that it will be a long time before she sells anything online again.

According to a criminal complaint, Jensen was one of several Craigslist sellers targeted by Hall and Martinez. The complaint states the victim in each case had placed an ad on Craigslist, selling items like phones and tablets. Hall or Martinez would contact the seller and set up a meeting in a public place, including a Walmart, bank parking lots, and Winrock Mall. Hall would then pull a gun on the seller and steal the item.

Police released surveillance video last week in hopes of identifying the duo. An anonymous tip came in Tuesday, identifying Hall.

According to the criminal complaint, Hall and Martinez worked together on four robberies and Hall robbed one man by himself.

A judge set Hall’s bond at $100,000 and Martinez’s bond was set at $50,000.

 

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