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Suspect in burglary smoked out of pot shop

SWAT officers use teargas to force a burglary suspect out of a marijuana dispensary in northeast Albuquerque on Tuesday. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The SWAT team used tear gas to coax a burglary suspect out of a Northeast Albuquerque marijuana dispensary on Tuesday following a lengthy standoff.

Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said 35-year-old Kyle Minard was arrested after surrendering to police.

Officers take a man into custody after police say he broke into a marijuana dispensary in northeast Albuquerque early Tuesday morning. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Gallegos said that, around four hours later, 32-year-old Bronson Vigil came running out of the dispensary and was also arrested.

Sgt. Tanner Tixier, another APD spokesman, said it all started when officers responded to a break-in alarm around 2:30 a.m. inside R. Greenleaf business at 4414 Menaul NE, near Washington.

At the time, police believed whoever had broken in was still inside the business.

Tixier said officers searched the business with a police dog when they spotted a man inside and he began “scaling the interior walls” before hiding in the roof.

“Due to the subject’s lack of compliance with officers commands and the difficulty of containing him, this has been made a tactical activation,” he said.

The SWAT team responded and the ensuing standoff – which involved police dogs, a tactical robot and tear gas – shut down the surrounding area and lasted until around 12:30 p.m. when Minard was arrested.

The dispensary could not be reached for comment. All calls were forwarded to voicemail that said, “We are currently closed until further notice.”

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