CIMARRON, N.M. (KRQE) – A rash of break-ins has the small village of Cimarron concerned.
Police say there have been 16 burglaries or attempted burglaries since the beginning of October. It’s rare for there to be even one break-in in the village, and police believe the crimes are connected.
The latest burglary at Cimarron High School was caught on surveillance camera. The school’s principal said two people broke in, took cash students had raised for prom and a New Mexico flag, and ran.
A few weeks ago someone smashed a window in Village Hall then busted down the door to the financial office. Cimarron officials said they don’t believe anything was taken.
Police said several businesses in town, as well as empty homes, have also been targeted.
“People would leave their doors unlocked, that was normal,” Susan Norris told News 13. In late November, someone tried to break into Norris’ art studio. “A lot of people are afraid. They’re afraid to leave their homes because they’re afraid they’re going to come home to being burglarized.”
The crime spree has the police department of three working overtime.
At an upcoming council meeting, the village is considering forming a citizen patrol, and is looking at installing security cameras in Village Hall and throughout Cimarron.
“I’d just ask our residents to be patient and give our police a chance, and hopefully we can get a handle on this,” Mayor Pro Tem Ron Hickman told KRQE News 13.
Many in Cimarron said they’re afraid someone will take the law into their own hands before that happens.