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$100,000 shoplifting ring busted at Albuquerque store

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.

Police get tip about mysterious pipe bomber

The hunt for Albuquerque’s mysterious motorcycle pipe-bomber has led police to the capture of another pipe-bomb suspect – but they say he's not the one they've been looking for.

Investigators think the man they took into custody Thursday night in the South Valley may not have any connection to the bomb attacks on two probation and parole offices, but he will still face federal charges of his own. A tip led a swarm of SWAT officers to a property near Rio Bravo and 2nd Street, where they found a man passed out on drugs and three pipe bombs on the property.

Investigators wondered if this could be the motorcycle-riding mystery man who flung two pipe bombs at the state Probation and Parole Office near UNM on Monte Vista NE on Nov. 21. Their conclusion: It wasn't him.

An Albuquerque-based construction co. pleads guilty

An Albuquerque-based construction co. pleads guilty

An Albuquerque area construction company has pleaded guilty to charges of defrauding a federal program.

Max R. Tafoya and his son-in-law, Tyler Cole of M.R. Tafoya Construction Inc., were charged for falsely claiming that their company qualified to participate in a federal program to work with disabled veterans owned small businesses.

According to the U.S. Attorney, Steven C. Yarbrough, Tafoya and Cole obtained nearly $11 million in federal contracts through their false participation in the program.

Plea agreements entered require that Tafoya spend 57 months in prison while Cole serves a 37 month prison sentence. Requirements to pay restitution and fines will later be determined by a federal judge

Wanted man mistakenly released from NM jail faces extradition

Robert Sandman, 52, is wanted for questioning in a Georgia homicide case. -

ALBUQUERQUE -- A man released from jail early while he was wanted for questioning in a Georgia homicide case will go before a judge in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Authorities in Georgia are working to extradite 52-year-old Robert Sandman to question him about the suspicious death of his former neighbor. Police said the neighbor's Porsche and credit cards were missing when his body was found in late March.

Sandoval County deputies later discovered the Porsche in Sandman's possession in Algodones, N.M.

The Duluth, Ga., Police Department was given 20 days to extradite Sandman from Sandoval County Jail, but officials say a paperwork mix up allowed him to walk free.

Narcotics detectives located Sandman during a drug bust in the North Valley on Monday morning. He's now being held in the Bernalillo County Jail.

Concert for Peace with Mary Gauthier

Concert for Peace with Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier, singer-songwriter, will be performing at the Outpost Performance Space on Saturday, September 14th at 7:30 pm.

Gauthier, a Louisiana native, have earned praise from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and have been recorded by Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett and many more for her emotional-punch filled songs.

“As a songwriter, I’m always trying to go to the deepest possible place inside of me. Past the navel-gazing, past the self-conscious, to get to that ‘we,’” Gauthier explains. “’Cause deep inside of all of us is the universal. And that is an artist’s job, to transcend the self. … I’m in there, but then hopefully, it goes past that and it hits something far, far bigger and more important than me. That’s what I’m aimin’ for every time I write.”

The performance if presented by Peace Talks Radio and all proceeds will benefit the Good Radio Shows, Inc. and Peace Talks Radio, both promoting peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Lapel cam video shows tense moments before tasering

Police released lapel camera video worn by an officer during a Taser incident in downtown Albuquerque.

Officer Jerome Armijo spotted a man matching the description of an armed robbery suspect near 2nd and Gold on Thursday afternoon.

Police said Jonathan White ran from the officers and reached into his waistband for a gun. Two officers deployed their Tasers and one was successful in getting White to the ground.

Armijo told KOB Eyewitness News 4 what White told him in the ambulance after the incident.

"I explained to him that he came really close to being shot that day and he looked at me and said, 'I purposefully went for that weapon. I wanted you to kill me,' and then he started crying," Armijo said.

KOB learned White his a father and has another child on the way. He was out of probation when the incident happened last week.

Police say he will likely spend time in prison.


Police: Man tasered while reaching for gun

Police deployed two Tasers to take down an armed robbery suspect in downtown Albuquerque on Thursday morning.

According to APD, walking beat officers spotted a man crouched behind a vehicle wearing all black near 2nd and Gold. The man, Jonathan White, matched the description of a suspect who robbed a man in the parking lot. The victim said the man lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun during the robbery.

White started running away from the officers and reached into his waistband. APD said one of the officers deployed his Taser when White tried to pull out a gun, but it was ineffective. A second officer tasered White and was able to subdue him.

The officer found a .22 caliber handgun in White's waistband.