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Albuquerque Police update homicide investigations and shoplifting

Albuquerque Police have arrested 16 alleged repeat offenders in the last three days, all for shoplifting. They also recovered $4,500 total in merchandise that was stolen from businesses. One of those 16 was Kellie Shugart. Shugart is connected to as many as 69 commercial burglaries. Police say Shugart barricaded herself inside an apartment near Montgomery and Louisiana on Thursday. That’s when she surrendered to arrest.Albuquerque Police are also working to reduce crime downtown. They put up seven new crime cameras on Central Avenue, from 1st to 7th Street. The goal behind these cameras is to track and report crimes in real-time. Businesses can also register their own camera systems into Albuquerque Police’s real-time crime center to help catch criminals in the act. KOAT spoke to businesses about the new cameras and if they feel it’s enough to keep them safe.Victoria Pimentel works for Katrina’s Ice Cream. Pimentel said, “working in here, I do feel safe. It’s different when we walk outside. It’s usually two or three of us that go out together to take out the trash just to be safe.” Sam Batsaikhan is a manager for Sushi Hana . Batsaikhan said, “I think the cameras are a great addition to downtown. I don’t think they’ll stop everything, but we get our windows smashed quite often. So, it might help with that.”KOAT also spoke with Brittany Sterling , a server at Boots and Bourbon on Central. Sterling says the best way to prevent crime in the area is to have more officers patrolling near central overnight. Switching to homicide investigations, Albuquerque police responded to two shootings that ended up being homicides last week. The first was on Aug. 22, near 2nd Street, and Central, and the other was on Aug. 25, near Montgomery in northeast Albuquerque. As of Aug. 26, Albuquerque Police have reported 85 homicide victims. At the same point last year, they reported 79 homicide victims, and 2021 was also the year Albuquerque broke its homicide record of 114.It is worth noting that according to Albuquerque Police, drug-related homicides are down from 15 as of Aug. 26 point last year to this year.

Albuquerque Police have arrested 16 alleged repeat offenders in the last three days, all for shoplifting. They also recovered $4,500 total in merchandise that was stolen from businesses. One of those 16 was Kellie Shugart. Shugart is connected to as many as 69 commercial burglaries.

Police say Shugart barricaded herself inside an apartment near Montgomery and Louisiana on Thursday. That’s when she surrendered to arrest.

Albuquerque Police are also working to reduce crime downtown. They put up seven new crime cameras on Central Avenue, from 1st to 7th Street. The goal behind these cameras is to track and report crimes in real time.

Businesses can also register their own camera systems into Albuquerque Police’s real-time crime center to help catch criminals in the act. KOAT spoke to businesses about the new cameras and if they feel it’s enough to keep them safe.

Victoria Pimentel works for Katrina’s Ice Cream. Pimentel said, “working in here, I do feel safe. It’s different when we walk outside. It’s usually two or three of us that go out together to take out the trash just to be safe.”

Sam Batsaikhan is a manager for Sushi Hana. Batsaikhan said, “I think the cameras are a great addition to downtown. I don’t think they’ll stop everything, but we get our windows smashed quite often. So, it might help with that.”

KOAT also spoke with Brittany Sterling, a server at Boots and Bourbon on Central. Sterling says the best way to prevent crime in the area is to have more officers patrolling near central overnight.

Switching to homicide investigations, Albuquerque police responded to two shootings that ended up being homicides last week. The first was on Aug. 22, near 2nd Street, and Central, and the other was on Aug. 25, near Montgomery in northeast Albuquerque.

As of Aug. 26, Albuquerque Police have reported 85 homicide victims. At the same point last year, they reported 79 homicide victims, and 2021 was also the year Albuquerque broke its homicide record of 114.

It is worth noting that according to Albuquerque Police, drug-related homicides are down from 15 as of Aug. 26 point last year to this year.

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