Thieves target Targets across Albuquerque

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police say they want to catch two brothers stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from Targets around Albuquerque before someone gets hurt.

APD says 26-year-old Hector Camarillo and his brother, 22-year-old Victor, are brazen thieves who don’t care if anyone tries to stop them.

The crimes started back in April and since then, the pair, along with a woman, have shoplifted from nearly a dozen times, police say.

“In 2012, Hector is arrested. So between 2012 and about April of this year, he’s in jail,” Officer Simon Drobik said. “Soon as he gets out of jail he hooks back up with his brother.”

Drobik says the two have criminals records filled with felonies.

“Their M-O is they put [the items] in a bag and they literally just walk out of the business,” he said.

So far, the two have stolen headphones, speakers, baby monitors and a pedometer. Nearly everything they nab is valued at more than $100. In total, they’ve made off with more than $7,000 worth of items.

And police want to catch them before things get uglier than they have.

During one of their recent sprees, a security guard approached them as they tried to flee the Target at Uptown. Surveillance video shows the security guard suddenly raise his hands in the air and back off. Police say one of the Camarillos flashed a gun at the security officer in that moment.

“Another time they pulled a hammer on one of the security people,” Dorbik said. “They’re taking advantage of the system, because they know these security guys and the employees will not confront them.”

There’s also a female involved, police say. In one instance, she accompanied a brother inside a Target. Police believe she’s also been a getaway driver.

Her name is Stevana Tafoya. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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