Alamogordo teen arrested on auto burglary charges
Daily News Report
LAS CRUCES — A pawn shop owner led Las Cruces police to the arrest of two 18-year-old men suspected of stealing property from vehicles Tuesday evening.
Zachary “Zach” Scott Barela, of 5285 Zeus Ave., Las Cruces, and Armando “Cupcakes” Alonzo, of 1010 Mesquite St., Alamogordo, are each charged with two counts of auto burglary, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of conspiracy.
On Tuesday, Las Cruces police were called to the MMJ’s pawn shop at 2215 N. Main St. where Barela and Alonzo were trying to sell a digital camera with a New Mexico State University property sticker affixed to it. The pawn shop employee was suspicious of the sticker and called police to verify the ownership of the camera.
When a Las Cruces police officer arrived at the pawn shop, Barela and Alonzo attempted to flee on foot.
Detectives determined that Barela and Alonzo burglarized at least two vehicles the night before. Property taken during the burglaries included an iPod, an iPad, stereo speakers, a wallet and a duffle bag with women’s clothes. Police recovered several of the stolen items from Barela’s residence and from the 1996 Ford pickup he drove to the pawn shop.
Other items suspected of being stolen were also located in the pickup or at Barela’s home, but police have yet to determine ownership of those items.
Barela and Alonzo were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $30,000 each.