Stolen car pulled from sink hole in Rio Rancho, suspect sought

Sink hole stolen car


RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Things didn’t go as planned for a suspected thief. She and the stolen car that she was in, were swallowed up Monday morning by a sinkhole, a big one.

Some neighbors are calling it karma.

“This neighborhood has had a lot of issues with weak pipes,” resident in the area, Grizelda Meyers, said.

Still, residents said the incident caught them by surprise.

“Never have I seen anything in life, just on TV. I thought it only happened in places like Florida or something like that,” another neighbor, Robert Tarr, said.

“It was a little after four o’clock in the morning, like 4:10, 4:15. There was a knock on the door. I woke up and there was a woman there,” Meyers said.

Neighbors say the woman, along with a dog, were inside the car before it was swallowed by a sink hole.

“She was trying to see if somebody could help her pull her car out of the ditch so she could go,” Meyers said.

But perhaps the reason she was hoping for a quick get-a-way, was because the car she was in wasn’t hers.

“It was found that the vehicle was stolen, and it contained drug paraphernalia and a few other items that indicates that somebody had potentially been living in it, and some stolen mail,” Rio Rancho Police Lt. J. Holt said.

Meyers said when she and her husband told the woman they were unable to help pull the car out, she took matters into her own hands, but only made things worse.

“She actually got back in that car and tried to back it out herself but it didn’t. The more she pressed on the gas the deeper it got,” Meyers said.

When the woman couldn’t get the car out, she simply walked away.

As for neighbors in the area, now they’re concerned about falling into a sinkhole too, or even falling victim to vehicle theft.

Rio Rancho police say they found the owner of the car. They didn’t say where it was stolen from, but said it is a complete loss.

Police are still looking for the woman who left it there. They said they do have some leads.

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