Man charged with 10 armed robberies in ABQ, Albuquerque Journal

Crime Stoppers released surveillance footage of a man suspected of being involved in multiple bank robberies in the Albuquerque area. (Crime fighter)

Marty Padilla (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Police arrested a man who is accused of robbing 10 stores at gunpoint in Albuquerque last month.

Marty Padilla, 34, who is charged with 10 armed robbery charges, was admitted to the Metropolitan Detention Center early Wednesday morning.

Padilla’s wife declined to comment and it is unclear if he has a lawyer.

Court records show detectives identified Padilla as a suspect through a lead from Crime Stoppers, CCTV, and his getaway vehicle. Court records show that Padilla was unemployed for the last month and previously worked at Walmart for six months.

The prosecution requested that Padilla be held pending trial.

“Carrying a firearm and threatening people with it during an armed robbery greatly increases the likelihood of violence and increases the potential threat to the community,” the motion said.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Metropolitan Court:
The robberies began on July 11th when officials were called to West Mesa Market, a few blocks from Central and Old Coors.

The clerk told police a man walked in, threatened him with a gun and took $ 500 before escaping in a black Dodge Avenger.

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Between that point and July 26, Padilla robbed eight other companies – including two in one day – across town and got away with at least $ 1,500 in cash.

Then, on Tuesday, police were called to an armed robbery at the Maverik gas station near 98th and Interstate 40. The clerk told police a man walked in, grabbed a cookie, told her he had a gun and asked for all of the money in the register.

The saleswoman said she gave him $ 289 and that he escaped in a black Dodge Avenger. When a detective watched the surveillance video, they were “positive” that it was the same man responsible for the other eight robberies.

Police found the Dodge Avenger shortly after the robbery and followed it to a house near Bridge and Atrisco SW, where Padilla was arrested.

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