Alleged car burglar faces more charges

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Crime > Former LA resident faces 38 counts and a probation violation

By The Staff

 The Los Alamos Police Department charged Skylar B. Smith, 22, from Santa Fe, wth 38 separate counts relating to 18 auto burglaries that occurred in May of 2014.
Smith has been in the Los Alamos Detention Center since May 27 stemming from a probation violation.
Los Alamos Police Detectives have been actively investigating the auto burglaries from May and now Smith, a former Los Alamos resident, is being charged with two counts of theft of credit card, 20 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, and 16 counts of larceny.
According to Cpl. Preston Ballew, LAPD’s public information officer, Smith’s spree is related to the recent rash of car break-ins that have occurred in Los Alamos recently, many on Barranca Mesa. He also gave credit to the detectives who cracked the case.
“Detective Sgt (Oliver) Morris and his staff did an outstanding job of diligently working the case and putting a guy we think is responsible for these crimes behind bars,” Ballew said.
According to the criminal complaint, police were able to track down Smith through the credit cards he stole out of the vehicles and matching the surveillance footage with the transactions he made at various stores in Santa Fe and Bernalillo.
In most of the break-ins, if not all of them, the car doors were unlocked, allowing Smith to simply open the doors and take what he wanted, which included wallets, purses, music players, garage door openers and other items.
Smith is currently being held in the Los Alamos Jail without bond.
Smith was previously charged with two counts of theft of credit card, 10 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, and five counts of larceny from crimes that occurred in 2012 in Los Alamos County. Smith could be facing nine years in prison just for violating his probation.
Anyone with information relating to these crimes or this suspect is encouraged to contact the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222 or Crimestoppers at 662-8282.