Feds, police investigate vandalism at 3 Starbucks locations

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)– Three Starbucks Coffee Shops in Albuquerque became targets overnight. Someone broke in and planted suspicious devices in each, one of which exploded.

Starbucks on Central near Tulane in Nob Hill is one of the coffee shops that was hit. Another is about a mile away on Lomas and the third is on Gibson near San Mateo.

The Starbucks at Central and Tulane reopened Friday evening, despite multiple windows having apparent bullet holes. The location at Lomas and Washington has also reopened.

Each incident happened early Friday morning, and neighbors near the Starbucks on Central say the boom was loud enough to wake them up.

A picture has been released of the suspect as he or she broke into the Starbucks location at Lomas and Washington. The Albuquerque Police Department and its bomb squad was initially called out, but the investigation has since been turned over to the FBI. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is also involved.

“We’re assisting them with canvassing the area, locking down the crime scene. Anything we can do to help them out, we’re doing,” said Maj. Tim Gonterman, APD.

The feds have not returned repeated calls from KRQE News 13 for more details on the incidents.

At least one of the devices went off, causing minimal damage to the Starbucks. However, no injuries were reported.

The incidents at Starbucks come on the heels of two other suspicious fires in the same area earlier in the week.

New condominiums at “The Carlisle” went up in flames. Albuquerque firefighters are calling the incident suspicious, discovering multiple ignition points. The FBI is also looking into a fire around the same time at a pro-life ministry. Those fires have not been connected.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Albuquerque FBI branch.

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