Homeowner Catches Gun Thief in the Act
By Officer Tasia Martinez
APD Southwest Field, Tactical and Air Support Officers caught a suspect Thursday after he was seen by a homeowner burglarizing his home.
Larry Gallegos, 29, is facing residential burglary charges after he broke into a Southwest Albuquerque home and stole a Glock handgun from the residence. The victim saw Gallegos fleeing with the handgun and then hiding behind another house and immediately called police.
Southwest Officers were assisted by the APD Air Support Unit as they searched for Gallegos who was seen jumping from yard to yard, attempting to break into homes and ditching his clothing in attempt to evade police.
APD Tactical units arrived to assist with the search for the armed burglar and APD 911 received a call from a woman stating that the suspect was in her back yard, texting on his cell phone. Tactical units located Gallegos shortly thereafter and he surrendered to police.
Larry Gallegos has a criminal history involving previous felony arrests. Metropolitan Detention Center records indicate Gallegos has been arrested for a list of charges including aggravated burglary, breaking and entering, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at a dwelling, child abuse, evading police, possession of methamphetamine, domestic violence and criminal damage to property.
The APD Burglary Unit will assume responsibility for the case and will continue the investigation.
The Albuquerque Police Department appreciates those vigilant citizens who are quick to report suspicious or criminal activity and assist police in keeping our community safe. The cohesive work of the APD units that responded to this scene as well as the partnership between the community and the police department are credited for this quick response and arrest.