Auto Burglaries Prompt Warning

A string of auto burglaries Thursday evening and Friday morning has prompted Las Cruces police to remind vehicle owners to lock doors when cars are parked overnight or left unattended.

Early Friday morning Las Cruces police officers located two teenage boys, ages 13 and 15, who were entering and burglarizing unlocked vehicles in the Mesa Grande neighborhood. One of the teens ran from officers but was detailed after a brief foot pursuit.

Officers learned the boys, who are brothers, were with at least two other teens who were walking the neighborhood, checking door handles, and entering and burglarizing vehicles that were found to be unlocked. One of the boys admitted to police that vehicles were burglarized on Calle Bella, Kensington Way, Bosworth and Kenmore in the Mesa Grande neighborhood.

Officers were unable to locate all of the burglarized vehicles or make contact with the vehicle owners. Anyone who suspects their vehicle was burglarized is asked to file a report by calling (575) 526-0795.

The teen boys were not completely cooperative with police. Officers contacted the mother of two of the boys and she, too, was uncooperative with police.

Police are continuing their investigation and auto burglary charges against the boys are pending.

Anyone with information on the burglaries or who has been a victim of an auto burglary is asked to call police at (575) 526-0795.