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Police arrest two suspects in February car burglaries

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By Tris DeRoma

 

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They would’ve gotten away with it, if it weren’t for the dead flowers.

Police arrested two local suspects, John Michael Romero, 19,  and Sam Newell, 18, on three counts of aggravated burglary of a vehicle, two counts of larceny (fourth degree felony) one count of misdemeanor larceny, one count of conspiracy, and receiving/transferring of stolen property Wednesday.

According to court documents, the suspects are accused of burglarizing four vehicles in the White Rock area. The crime spree started in the late hours of Feb. 13 and continued into the morning of Feb. 14.

They probably would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for the fact that they trampled someone’s flower bed in the process of their crime spree.

When the victim of the alleged umbrage checked the footage on a surveillance camera to see who the culprit(s) were, the identities of the alleged car thieves were revealed as they were caught in the act.

According to court documents, the two, apparently, took many things of value from the vehicles, including a handgun, an expensive pair of prescription sunglasses earphones, and loose change.

On Wednesday, the two suspects were taken into custody after they both confessed to the Valentine’s Day spree.

Newell and Romero, at first, were only “car hopping” (opening unlocked doors to get loose change) but later confessed to the burglary spree.

According to court documents, Newell also told police that he sold the gun for $100 to someone in Albuquerque, with the expectation the customer would pay him another $100 later. He gave Romero $50 for his role in getting the gun.

Each suspect is still in custody, and are being held on a $39,000 bond in the Los Alamos Detention Center.