$100,000 shoplifting ring busted at Albuquerque store

Posted at: 01/17/2014 1:04 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2014 1:08 PM
By: Tom Joles, KOB Eyewitness News 4

If you've ever shopped at the Mexico Lindo store on South Broadway, you know two things: the shop has a good selection of products and the prices are unbeatable.

But authorities discovered the owner was stocking his shelves with merchandise stolen from local merchants in the Albuquerque area, and after a four month investigation, the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department moved in.

They say the shoplifting ring was not a small operation.

"We have $100,000 worth of stuff, stolen merchandise from local vendors," BCSO Sgt. Aaron Williamson said. "You have a large trash bag that's just full of miscellaneous razors, cold and cough medicines.  Here you have some Tylenol that's good through 2014. Sells for $6 in the store. Here, he's selling it for $6."

Deputies say when sales were good, the store would dispatch its team of thieves do some selective stealing.

"If he started to run low on an item, say he needed detergent, he'd tell them. They'd go out, shoplift those items, bring them back here and make some quick cash," Williamson said.

But there are no more deals at Mexico Lindo—it's closed until further notice.

Police have arrested the owner, 38-year-old Fabian Moreno.