If you've ever shopped at the Mexico Lindo store on South Broadway, you know two things: the shop has a good selection of products and the prices are unbeatable.
But authorities discovered the owner was stocking his shelves with merchandise stolen from local merchants in the Albuquerque area, and after a four month investigation, the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department moved in.
They say the shoplifting ring was not a small operation.
"We have $100,000 worth of stuff, stolen merchandise from local vendors," BCSO Sgt. Aaron Williamson said. "You have a large trash bag that's just full of miscellaneous razors, cold and cough medicines. Here you have some Tylenol that's good through 2014. Sells for $6 in the store. Here, he's selling it for $6."
Deputies say when sales were good, the store would dispatch its team of thieves do some selective stealing.