LAPD Offers Reward On Los Alamos Business Break-In Spree

Scene of the break-in overnight at China Palace in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the break-in overnight at Top Nails & Spa in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

caclark@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cmdr. Oliver Morris spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning and shared details on the break-ins overnight at multiple businesses around the community.

Cmdr. Morris confirmed that the thief or thieves broke into Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Gym at 1183 Diamond Dr., stole keys to a van and took it on a break-in spree of businesses around town. The van also was used to ram into the front glass window at Subway on Central Avenue to gain access to petty cash and other items.

Other known businesses broken into overnight are Viola’s Restaurant at 1360 Trinity Dr., three businesses in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center including Daniel’s Cafe, China Palace and Top Nails as well as Petree Garden Center & Florist at 2470 East Road.

“Officers responded to the initial alarm within five minutes of the call at 1:35 this morning, arriving at 1:40 a.m.,” Cmdr. Morris said. “We had two detectives respond and have stepped up all of our business checks. We are committed to our small businesses … we will make these cases a top priority.”

Chief Sgambellone explained that many businesses are closed down due to the pandemic. People are out of work and some of those people are getting desperate.

“We want to encourage businesses to be extra vigilant and not leave any valuables inside their businesses,” Chief Sgambellone said. “We are asking anyone with information about these break-ins to contact us.”

Cmdr. Morris expressed his anger that these crimes occurred in this community.

“This infuriates me … our small businesses are complying by being closed during the COVID-19 public health emergency and we are not going to let Los Alamos be a place where criminals come to burglarize our businesses,” Cmdr. Morris said, adding that police have now acquired video footage of the suspects and will be sharing that with the community shortly … check back at ladailypost.com.

The police department is offering a $250 reward to anyone with information that leads to the identification or arrest of the culprit or culprits involved in these break ins, Cmdr. Morris said. Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Alamos Police Department at 505.662.8222 or crime stoppers at 505.662.8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

Scene of the break-in overnight at Viola’s Restaurant at 1360 Trinity Dr. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the break-in overnight at Daniel’s Cafe in Mari Mac Village Shopping Center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the break-in overnight at Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Gym at 1183 Diamond Dr. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the break in at Petree Garden Center & Florist at 2470 East Road. Courtesy/Petree Gardens FB