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Los Alamos police apprehended two suspects at Anderson Overlook Friday afternoon. The men are under investigation for a series of smash and grab thefts plaguing local car owners for some time. The two 18-year-olds drove up from Santa Fe with another man and reportedly smashed the windows on several car windows and grabbed items within reach including radar detectors and GPS devices.
Sgt. Fred Rascon, Sgt. Preston Ballew, Det. Jeremy Duran and officers Paige Early and Chris Ross gathered evidence at Anderson Overlook where the suspects, Aaron Roybal, 18, and Nathan Zamora, 20, were parked in their red 2007 Honda. A radar detector and a victim’s wallet were thrown over the guardrail and recovered among other items reported stolen.
Police captured a third suspect, Delbert Roybal, 21, hiding out at Smith’s Food and Drug Center on Central Avenue a short while later.
“Officers were initially dispatched to a reckless driving call on Trinity at Oppenheimer at 3:18 p.m. Friday,” said Sgt. Fred Rascon, LAPD detective unit supervisor. “As
officers responded, a witness noticed a car window broken on a parked car near the Shell Station who said a red Honda with the suspects inside was heading in the direction of the main hill road out of town. “Some of our officers went after the Honda and others spoke with victim and later took him to Anderson Overlook to ID the Honda.”
The Honda was used as a weapon when the victim confronted the suspects for breaking into his parked car.
“The vehicle came at the victim, who stated he did not think the vehicle slowed down and (he had to) step out of the way as the vehicle drove by and someone inside yelled, ‘get the f--- out of the way.’ He was afraid he was going to get hit and was afraid for his safety,” Rascon said.
Aaron Roybal told police he had begun using heroin and needed help, according to police reports. He also admitted that he used a piece of porcelain to break the windows of the cars he and the other two suspects allegedly burglarized.
The suspects were charged with burglary and Zamora also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.