Monday, February 04, 2013

Serial burglar shot by homeowner

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Police say a serial burglar, who has been arrested 37 times, was shot by a homeowner in northwest Albuquerque Sunday morning.

Authorities say the homeowner heard a loud bang and then his alarm go off. After arming himself with a gun the homeowner says he saw the burglar at the top of his stairs and shot at him twice, hitting him once.

Police say the burglar will survive his wounds.

That burglar has been identified as Richard Garcia, 43, a man with a very long history of home and vehicle burglaries.

Court records show he's been prosecuted for four burglaries in the last year, the most recent on January 15th, 2012.

Albuquerque Police Officers call Garcia a menace.

"They release him back out into society and he continues to prey upon victims." says Commander William Roseman

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