Violent store theft sends man to hospital

LOS LUNAS (KRQE) – A store manager rang up a bill and quickly figured out he was getting ripped off. When he ran outside to try to stop the robber, that is when things got dangerous.

The workers at the Los Lunas store said they were in shock as they watched the thief hit and drag their boss for several yards with his truck.

Miguel Trujillo and Chris Bartlett noticed something seemed strange about three men who came into Raks Building Supply store in Los Lunas Thursday.

“They were just getting random stuff,” Chris Bartlett said. “They picked out power tools from inside, tables and chairs from inside.”

They said he made off with $1,800 worth of stuff.

Trujillo started loading up the lumber into one of the man’s truck.

“He just had me start throwing stuff in, and I only got through about half the load before he said, ‘Okay, that’s enough. I’m going to come for the rest later,’” Trujillo said.

By that point, workers inside discovered they had a case of credit card fraud on their hands.

Two of the men had already gotten away. The manager went outside to stop the third suspect from driving out of this gated area. That is when things got scary.

“The guy began to accelerate,” Bartlett said. “My boss fell and he was trapped under the front driver tire of the truck and the man continued to go for probably 20 yards.”

Store surveillance video captured images of the man behind the wheel.

“All we could do was ask him to stop going because he was running him over,” Trujillo said.

They said he backed up and the manager was able to get free while the driver sped off.

“All the lumber the guys loaded flew out of the back of the truck into the parking lot,” Bartlett said.

Regulars at Raks were shocked to hear the news.

“It is pretty wild to think somebody would be coming high speed out of those gates there,” said Aaron Yabeny.

The workers said their manager has been released from the hospital and is doing okay. They said he’s got bruises but no broken bones.

While police are still looking for the driver, they said they did find the two other men. They arrested 34-year-old Juan Martinez of Texas for shoplifting and credit card fraud.

Police said they couldn’t connect the other man to a crime.

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