SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s normally a safe road in Santa Fe; a gallery hot spot that’s a big tourist magnet. Now, a pair of disturbing crimes has police asking folks to keep an eye out.
Santa Fe Police say crime on Canyon Road is unusual, but they are not surprised because it is a target rich environment for thieves.
Jordan West is an Associate Director at Meyer Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. He says this area is normally filled with tourists and it was shocking for him to hear about two people getting mugged just outside his store last week.
“I’ve been here a decade and I’ve never heard of anything happening on Canyon Road,” he said.
Santa Fe Police say two people were robbed at gunpoint on Canyon Road and Garcia Street. One incident happened last Friday around 10 p.m. and the other happened on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Both victims were in the area visiting and police say they gave similar descriptions of the suspect.
“Both victims in those cases described the suspect as being around 5’8, medium build, approximately 130-150 pounds,” said Lt. Michelle Williams.
Police say it’s not typical for crime to happen in this area, but they’re not surprised because tourists can be the perfect target for thieves. Those we spoke to say they won’t let this ruin their vacation.
“Guard will be up, but I still feel like we won’t change our itinerary at all, still plan to see all the sights,” said Alex Miller, who is visiting from Seattle.
Local businesses like Meyer Gallery say they have surveillance cameras and security paroling their store to make sure their customers feel safe when they’re visiting.
“Santa Fe is such a safe place, and especially this general area. We get tourists from all over. I wouldn’t want them to be scared or deterred in any way,” said West.
Police do have some tips on who the suspect is, but they need the public to send in more tips for them to follow up. They also warn tourists and residents to be aware of their surroundings and to be in well lit areas as much as possible when walking around at night.