ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police said she’s been stealing cars and stealing property for years. However, despite the number of arrests, Brianna Keck keeps catching a break, and detectives want to know why.
Keck, 30, has been in and out of jail about two dozen times in the last decade. More recently, detectives said they built a strong case against her. Still, she’s out on the streets.
“What is it going to take to keep her locked up?” Officer Simon Drobik, of the Albuquerque Police Department, told KRQE News 13.
Officers are frustrated about Keck, a suspected repeated car thief. She’s stacked up lots of arrests in recent years, but again and again, cases against her are dismissed.
“Detectives can only do so much and when a detective lays everything out and she walks out the door, it’s frustrating,” Drobik explained.
That’s what detectives said happened this time.
Keck was arrested in late September for burglarizing cars in a northeast Albuquerque apartment complex. Officers said surveillance video captured Keck walking around the complex parking lot for about an hour-and-a-half, trying the handles of about two dozen cars. Surveillance video shows Keck made it into at least a dozen unlocked cars, according to police.
Officers said they later found Keck driving a stolen SUV, but she sped away. When police did catch her, detectives said she admitted to stealing.
Court documents state Keck told police, “I do it a lot.” When asked about what she does with stolen items, Keck replied, “Sometimes she sells it on the corner, sometimes she can’t get anything for it.”
But despite the case file of evidence against her, the District Attorney’s office dismissed charges again.
“It was on a silver platter,” said Drobik. “This one was a no-brainer; she should have stayed in jail.”
The District Attorney’s office told KRQE News 13, “The State is still awaiting fingerprint processing on this case, and we are unable to proceed without it.”
A DA spokesperson said the office needs the fingerprints in this case in order to comply with a new Case Management Order (CMO) meant to speed up cases and reduce overcrowding.
In a long letter from the District Attorney this week, the DA stated, the CMO on many levels, has been “devastating for our criminal justice system and community,” and resulted in dismissals due to technicalities.
Meanwhile, APD said Keck has become more violent. This summer, police said she ran into an officer, backed into a patrol car in a stolen car and then led officers on a chase.
“She’s non-stop; she’s out right now,” said officer Drobik. “I’m telling you tonight she’s going to victimize somebody else.”
“I mean how times are we going to give this woman a chance to kill somebody? That’s what it’s coming down to,” Drobik added.
As another example of the revolving door in this case, right after Keck was released on this latest charge, another arrest warrant was issued for Keck from a previous case. So currently, she’s wanted by police again.
Keck also made the news two years ago when police said she was ransacking shoppers’ cars around Uptown, stealing anything she could.