Police: Officer at Wal-Mart recognized robbery suspect from video

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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:01 pm, Mon Jul 7, 2014.

A Santa Fe police officer was busy arresting a shoplifter Saturday afternoon when he saw a man enter the south-side Wal-Mart Supercenter whom he recognized from surveillance video as a suspect in an armed robbery.

Andrew Valencia, 42, who police say admitted to four recent armed robberies in the city, including the June 30 mugging of a teen museum volunteer, had been captured on surveillance footage obtained from a Cerrillos Road business following a robbery at a local motel, police said Monday.

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  • Randal Doering posted at 6:53 pm on Tue, Jul 8, 2014.

    Neodoering Posts: 157

    NOW can they put him away? 33 arrests, seriously? And they just let him back out in public? Can't the judges see this guy is a career criminal who needs to be locked away for good? He's a parasite on society, why the HELL should we have to pay the price for this guy's crime sprees?

    I agree with Francisco, this is a failure of the judiciary. This is pathetic!

    The officer who caught him is to be commended, good work!

  • Michael Murray posted at 8:29 am on Tue, Jul 8, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 109

    Great job by the officer! How depressing is it that the criminal has been part of the "catch and release" program? I guess if it is good enough for DWI offenders it is good enough for other common criminals. Perhaps if there were less people in jail for victimless crimes there would be room for the dangerous ones.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 8:26 am on Tue, Jul 8, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 467


  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:24 am on Tue, Jul 8, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 289

    This violent criminal is not new to the Santa Fe Magistrate Court, the First Judicial District Court and the Santa Fe District Attorney's Office. So, why is he still out in the streets in Santa Fe and getting away with all these violent crimes against innocent citizen's? Why is the judiciary system failing us? Each of those public official's should be held accountable and disbarred from the bench, period! [thumbdown]

  • Andrew Lucero posted at 6:25 am on Tue, Jul 8, 2014.

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  • Rick Dumiak posted at 5:57 am on Tue, Jul 8, 2014.

    CaptRick Posts: 120

    33 arrests and still on the street! I feel for the police that work hard to catch these offenders only to have the courts release them. After 33 arrests this guy will not be rehabilitated he is a career criminal. Lock him up and throw away the key once and for all before someone is killed.

  • Peter Neal posted at 12:34 am on Tue, Jul 8, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 683

    Good job by the Officer who recognized the suspect on the video. Too bad the article didn't give him some credit by including his name.


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