Man arrested after stealing police gear

Filbert Romero Jr.
Filbert Romero was arrested after he allegedly stole police gear from a sheriff.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is behind bars accused of breaking into an undercover sheriff deputy’s car, stealing his gear and then selling the stolen stuff at a pawn shop.

According to the criminal complaint, 25-year-old Filbert Romero Jr. punched out the window of the car at the Ladera golf course on the west side.

Some of the items taken included a Taser, police radio, two Glock magazines, handcuffs and a bulletproof vest with “sheriff” written on the front. Police later found the vest stuffed behind a bus bench.

APD’s pawn shop unit notified the sheriff’s office about some of the other items at a pawn shop near UNM.

The items Romero allegedly took were worth more than $2,500. He’s facing several charges including auto burglary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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