Los Alamos Police Offer Reward For Bealls Break-In

Bealls Manager Valerie De Mello shows damage to the front window from a break-in early Monday morning at the store. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Burglar shatters glass early Monday morning to gain access inside Bealls in Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigative Unit is offering $250 for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects involved in a break-in early Monday morning at Bealls Department Store in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

Bealls Manager Valerie De Mello told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that the alarm company contacted the police department who responded to the scene first. She and her husband, David De Mello arrived shortly thereafter to find a broken window on the right front side of the store. It’s not yet known how much, if any merchandise was stolen.

Cmdr. Oliver Morris said this afternoon that video footage from the old Smith’s parking lot where the store is located is being reviewed. Cpl. Ben Irving and Det. Matt Lyon gathered material evidence at the break-in site and the case has been placed under the LAPD Investigative Unit.

“It was a little unnerving,” De Mello said. “Bealls has been here since 1993 and has never been burglarized.” She added that business is continuing as usual.

Anyone with any information on the break-in can call Los Alamos Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282, and remain anonymous if they wish.

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