Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police captured and charged five teenagers who burglarized a home during broad daylight Tuesday in the High Range neighborhood.
Marlon Loya, Diego Ramirez, Steven Arechiga and Alex Nielson, all 16, and Kenneth Arvizu, 15, were each charged with residential burglary, conspiracy to commit residential burglary, possession of stolen property, criminal damage to property and larceny.
The juvenile probation office declined detention so all five teens were written Class III Citations and turned over to the custody of parents or legal guardians.
Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, an alert neighbor spotted the juveniles taking items from a home on the 2200 block of Cimarron Drive. The neighbor called 911 and a responding Las Cruces Police officer arrived in time to apprehend one of the teens near the home. The other four juveniles attempted to flee but were caught by LCPD officers who were responding to the scene.
Detectives learned that the teens left school and were on their way to the mall when they walked past the home and noticed a bicycle just outside the front door. One of the teens knocked on the front door of the residence. When there was no answer, the juveniles illegally entered the home and stole several electronic gaming consoles. They also took two bicycles, a motorcycle and several cans of beer from the residence.