ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Tanoan neighborhood might as well be a suburban fortress in the heart of Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Tall walls surround it and if you want in, you’ve got to get by the guards at the gate first.
But none of that’s stopped crooks from going on a burglary spree in a small section of the neighborhood the past two weeks.
APD crime mapping shows six burglaries in the western part of the subdivision, mostly clustered along the northern edge from Jan. 13 to Jan. 26. For comparison’s sake, there were only six burglaries in that entire half of Tanoan between last August and the end of last year.
In at least two cases, thieves got away with a big haul. According to a police report, one home was robbed of $45,000 worth of jewelry, a gun and ammunition. The next day, a burglar stole a diamond necklace valued at $3,000 and $10,000 more of assorted jewelry from a home down the road.
KRQE News 13 spoke to both victims but neither wanted to be interviewed. However one did say neighbors there are looking at hiring an armed security response in addition to the subdivision’s security as a result of the break-in spree. The neighborhood has also had meetings to talk about the recent burglaries.
A message left for Tanoan’s general manager Tuesday afternoon was not returned in time for this story.
Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier says one person was arrested in connection with burglaries in the subdivision, although he couldn’t say if that arrest was for the recent burglary spree. There were fingerprints left at some of the crime scenes and APD’s forensics team is analyzing them.