Women, police use technology to track burglar

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An hour in the park ended with a call to 911 after two women were burglarized at the Bosque. Yet, you might be surprised how this story ends. This isn’t the first time someone has had their windows smashed in, parked at the Bosque trail at Coors and Montano, not even the first time this month. Yet, as these two women found Saturday, a little sleuthing and some modern technology go a long way.

“You have the gloves, babe. I’m going to let you handle the big stuff,” said Alyssa Vogel as her friend Adam stepped in to clean up a sheet of broken glass.

It all happened so fast. They were only gone for an hour, taking photos in the park.

“Well, we walked up to the car and I said, ‘Well that’s strange, why did we leave the window rolled down?’ Then, we got a little bit closer and saw that the glass was shattered,” recalls Vogel. “The first thing I thought was our purses were in there and they were gone.”

The two thought they had outsmarted any would-be thieves by stashing their purses out of sight.

“Underneath the passenger seat. We tucked them in pretty good, but I guess if you came at it from a certain angle you’d be able to see them,” explains Kinsey Sarian.

They were in a crowded parking lot, they told themselves, tons of cars and people. Plus, they were in a park. Nothing to worry about there, right? Wrong.

Sarian’s car is one of at least three this month, crooks have broken into at the Montano and Coors Bosque trail in broad daylight.

“Until it happens to you, you don’t think it’s going to,” Sarian says.

The two immediately called police, then set off with a little detective work of their own, using a friend’s phone to locate Sarian’s with GPS.

Police showed up soon after.

“The first thing we said was, ‘We have my phone. We have the guy, go find him!’ ” said Vogel.

Police did. They used the phone’s signal to track it to a northeast neighborhood where they found a suspicious truck with two purses inside.

They found Sarian’s phone, too.

“They had cops in two different houses listening and I made it ring from where we were and then they could find it in the dumpster,” Sarian explains.

Vogel wasn’t so lucky. She won’t know whether her phone is still in her purse until Monday when police search the truck.

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the break-in. They say these kind of break-ins at Bosque trailheads come in waves. They say they’ll see a surge, then they catch the culprit and break-ins will subside until the next offender comes along.

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