Bern Co. DA Bregman to Seek Pretrial Detention for Alleged Convenience Store Theft Ring
Posted By: ABQ RAW Staff
Posted On: July 14, 2023 @7:30AM
In a recent incident that took place at the Walgreens store on Harper and Wyoming in northeast Albuquerque, two individuals named Nathan Castillo and Brian Singer were apprehended by Albuquerque police for stealing merchandise. Simultaneously, Joshua Peralto was arrested for shoplifting at a nearby Albertsons store. These cases shed light on a more significant concern: the existence of an organized retail crime group that targets stores in the area. The Bernalillo County District Attorney, Sam Bregman, has taken a strong stance against such crimes, advocating for pretrial detention to ensure community safety. Moreover, recent legislation in New Mexico has been enacted to address the issue of repeated shoplifting and impose stricter penalties on offenders.
The Bold Shoplifting Trend:
Organized Retail Crime Detectives have reason to believe that Castillo, Singer, and Peralto are part of a larger group comprising up to 10 individuals. This group operates with audacity, shoplifting from various stores in the vicinity on a daily basis, sometimes striking multiple times within a single day. Their relentless activities pose a threat to community safety and call for decisive action.
District Attorney Sam Bregman's Plea for Pretrial Detention:
Recognizing the severity of the situation, District Attorney Sam Bregman has emphasized the importance of keeping certain suspects in custody throughout the judicial process. Peralto and Castillo, in particular, are the two individuals for whom Bregman is requesting pretrial detention. By seeking this measure, Bregman aims to prevent potential threats and ensure the well-being of the community.
New Legislation: Stricter Penalties for Repeat Offenders:
In response to the rising incidents of organized retail crime, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and lawmakers have introduced legislation that specifically targets repeat shoplifters. The passing of these new laws enables law enforcement and the judicial system to impose harsher penalties on individuals who repeatedly engage in such criminal activities. This initiative has garnered support from District Attorney Bregman, who views it as a step toward protecting New Mexicans from the distress caused by frequent thefts.
DA Bregman's Commitment to Accountability:
District Attorney Bregman expressed his gratitude for the implementation of these new laws, emphasizing the urgent need to put an end to constant retail crime. By holding those responsible for these crimes accountable, Bregman hopes to restore a sense of security for New Mexicans, enabling them to shop without fear.
Albuquerque's fight against organized retail crime has gained momentum with the recent charges brought against Castillo, Singer, and Peralto. The Bernalillo County District Attorney, Sam Bregman, is leading the charge to seek pretrial detention for suspects involved in such crimes, recognizing the threat they pose to community safety. Combined with the enactment of legislation targeting repeat shoplifters, these measures aim to curtail the bold shoplifting trend and protect the well-being of New Mexicans.