‘Bedding Bandit’ grabs nearly $700 in comforters

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police are looking for a ‘bedding bandit’ who was caught on surveillance video ripping off a Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Video from the store on San Mateo near I-40 shows a man, believed to be between 55 to 65 years of age, walk in with a shopping cart Saturday morning.

Less than 10 minutes later, another camera shows him making a beeline for the door with a pair of comforter sets in his cart. The man walks right past cash registers.

The two comforter sets were priced at $300 and $350, which makes the crime a fourth degree felony.

According to police, store employees went after the man into the parking lot. There they saw him get into a silver sedan getaway car before fleeing.

The car could be a silver Chevy Cavalier, according to a police report. The license plate was covered with paper at the time, but is believed to be a turquoise New Mexico plate.

“I don’t think this guy stole these to give them to his grandmother, I highly doubt that,” APD’s Simon Drobik said. “He’s selling these to sell them on the street for cash.”

The man is described as white, 6 foot tall and weighing about 250 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Albuquerque Police Department’s tip line at 242-COPS.

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