NM Attorney General: Violent Serial Shoplifter Indicted

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announces yet another step forward against organized retail crime today with the filing of an indictment against Brianna Garcia.

Today’s indictment contains 20 counts, including allegations of shoplifting, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

Garcia was pulled over March 15, 2022, and arrested in Beckham County, Okla., where she remains in custody pending extradition back to New Mexico.

“My office will continue to target violent criminals trying to evade custody, and this is just one more example of how organized retail crime quickly escalates to violent crime,” Attorney General Balderas said.

Garcia first came to law enforcement’s and the Attorney General’s attention in January of this year after committing a number of shopliftings across Albuquerque. Those incidents quickly devolved into violence when Garcia was confronted by store associates. Garcia brandished a handgun on several occasions, pointing it at store employees as she made her escape, and even discharging her firearm in the parking lot after walking out of one store.

Those acts of violence culminated Feb. 1, 2022, when Garcia fired a number of shots at the front door of a busy neighborhood Walmart after being confronted over a petty misdemeanor theft.

Although Garcia has been arrested and charged, she is presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial.

The case was investigated as part of the emerging Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Task Force. The investigation involved the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, Albuquerque Police Department (APD), and asset protection personnel from the retail community. It is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Gardner.

Read the copy of the indictment here.


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