SANTA FE (KRQE) – Robbers are moving from hotel hold-ups to mugging tourists and some Santa Fe business owners are concerned.
Police said there have been one robbery, after another, after another for the past month. Some crooks are armed with knives, while others are using guns to get their hands on quick cash.
Police said there have been eight in Santa Fe in about a month.
It started last month, at a Holiday Inn Express where security cameras captured two suspects showing up just before a hold-up.
Police said the majority of the robberies took place at hotels on Cerrillos with most of the thieves demanding cash from clerks.
But, on Saturday a tourist became the next victim.
According to police a woman at the Courtyard Marriott told detectives she was mugged. On that same day another couple reported a man armed with a gun walked into their hotel room at the Double Tree and took off with a purse.
Then on Monday, another mugging was reported. However, this time it took place in downtown Santa Fe.
Ivan Barnett, the owner of Patina Gallery, said it is a big concern.
“It’s alarming, especially the repetition,” Barnett said.”The fact that now it’s downtown, it’s not great,”
Barnett’s gallery sits just around the corner from where the woman told police a man held a gun to her throat and took off with her cash.
“We’re going into our tourist season so this is never good,” Barnett said.
He said half of his business is from visitors.
While the rash of robberies is concerning Barnett said he’s seen more officers walking and driving through the area.
He hopes that will ease the minds of visitors. For now, he doesn’t think the rise in robberies will impact business.
“Especially those that are going to come to the folk art market, Indian market, these are travelers that have booked out,” Barnett said.
Police are faced with a challenge, since they don’t believe all of the robberies are connected.