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Updated at 12:50pm — Stolen APS Equipment Found After Arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Search of SW ABQ address turns up computers, overhead projectors, walkie-talkie.

Following the arrest Friday of 19-year-old Alejandro Cortez and an unnamed 17-year-old female who were allegedly stealing computers from Mary Ann Binford Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools detectives executed a search warrant at a South Valley address and found more equipment stolen from APS, according to a morning news conference.

Cortez and the girl apparently tripped an alarm at the school on 1400 Corriz SW Friday night and were allegedly found in possession of two iMac computers that had been taken from a portable classroom, according to reports.

According to the Albuquerque Journal's Zsombor Peter who attended this morning's news conference at APS, school police detectives executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of Alexandra St. SW and recovered eight computers, two overhead projectors and a school walkie-talkie — all of which had been reported stolen from APS schools.

APS Police Chief Bill Reed said at the news conference that there are still some 40 APS computers unaccounted for and that district detectives were still searching for suspects, Peter reports.


6:50am — Suspected Computer Thieves Caught: Did police catch a break in rash of break-ins at APS schools?

Alejandro Cortez, 19, and a 16-year-old female were caught allegedly in the act of carrying off two iMac computers from Mary Ann Binford Elementary School in southwest Albuquerque on Friday, KOB-TV and KRQE News 13 reported this weekend.

The two apparently tripped an alarm at the school and were arrested as they tried to carry off the computers, KOB-TV reported.

According to News 13, the two broke into a portable classroom building at 1400 Corriz SW Friday night and after the alarm was tripped, police found two computers in the car.

Investigators said Cortez had a crowbar and screwdriver with him, KRQE reported.

Cortez is being held on a $17,000 cash or surety bond, facing charges of commercial burglary and possession of burglary tools, according to News 13. 

It was the second time in a month that Mary Ann Binford had been hit, according to KOB-TV.

Albuquerque Public Schools is planning to hold a news conference today to talk about a rash of recent break-ins at APS elementary and middle schools and whether Friday's arrest is related to the thefts of expensive equipment, including computers, Eyewitness News 4 reported.

Six computers were recently stolen from Carlos Rey Elementary School and 15 were taken from Jimmy Carter Middle School, according to KOB-TV. 

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