Shortly after permanently closing in Albuquerque, Walgreens was targeted by thieves. The video footage from APD lapel shows the aftermath of the incident, where three suspects were apprehended by the police.
The stolen merchandise was returned by the police near Central in San Matel. Court documents indicate that most of the stolen items were recovered. Canines were brought to the scene to search the store, and the suspects were found with tools that could be used for burglary.
While Walgreens did not explicitly cite crime as the reason for closure, some speculate that it played a role in their decision. The presence of security patrols in the area was highlighted as a concern, and a local resident mentioned the frequent shoplifting incidents.
This Walgreens closure follows the shutdown of a nearby Walmart and all subs earlier this year. The District Attorney’s Office commented on the broader impact of retail crime in the area, affecting both large businesses like Target and small mom-and-pop stores. The suspects have been released on their own recognizance and are scheduled to appear in court in December..