ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After months, people living in a Four Hills neighborhood can have peace of mind.
“I sure feel better about it,” said J. Greenstreet.
Last summer, neighbors living on Cuatro Cerros Trail were hit by a string of burglaries and thefts.
Jay Greenstreet had three lights stolen out of his back yard.
“It’s pretty scary. You don’t know what to expect. It’s happened except for the person across the street. It happened to everybody that’s lived one street right next to the golf course,” said J. Greenstreet
The back windows of James Deverman’s parent’s house were broken.
“They felt violated this happened in this neighborhood,” said Deverman.
One house was hit particularly hard. The people there were broken into five times, first in September, and most recently on Christmas morning.
Police say at least three of those were the handiwork of Ramon Herrera.
“The fact that one guy can do it over and over again, is a little bit disconcerting,” said Greenstreet.
It took detectives a while to crack the case. According to a criminal complaint, they spotted Herrera leave a cigarette butt behind on surveillance video. DNA evidence on that cigarette butt tied him to the crime.
It turns out he already had a pending burglary case. Now that Herrera’s behind bars, neighbors say they feel a lot safer.
“That gives me quite a good peace of mind that one less person is off the roads who is terrorizing the neighborhood,” said Deverman
Herrera is currently booked on a $200,000 cash or surety bond. He’s facing a string of burglary and criminal damage charges.