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Three caught stealing from closed Cliffs park

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A trio who entered a closed Cliffs Amusement Park on Saturday evening were caught loading pink and yellow stuffed animals, candy and energy drinks into their cars when security guards discovered them, according to Albuquerque police.

Cliffs security officer Dan Riboni told police who responded to his call that he was checking the grounds at around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday when he spotted three people running out of the south gate of the amusement park on to Lincoln Street. Riboni caught Arturo Lozano and David Hurtado Jr., and found the third person, Maya Quintana, hiding under a truck.

Quintana was wearing a Cliffs security uniform and was carrying a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, according to a criminal complaint.

Officers put the three into separate police cruisers. They and another officer who arrived on the scene examined a warehouse at the amusement park, and noticed a broken door knob and an open door.

One of the officers met with Cliffs General Manager Justin Hays who took the officer to his office. They reviewed surveillance video that showed Hurtado Jr., Lozano and Quintana at the south gate. It showed Quintana opening the gate and the three walking into the park, leaving a few minutes later with bags of pink stuffed animals. They returned to the park and left shortly after with what appeared to be yellow stuffed animals, the complaint said.

Hays told police that the items taken were worth about $650.

Police said Hurtado was advised of his Miranda rights and agreed to talk. He told them Lozano broke the door and said the three of them took candy, Monster energy drinks and stuffed animals. They were loading the items in their cars when they were caught by security, the complaint said.

Hurtado Jr. was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center with bond set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The complaint said nothing about the disposition of Quintana or Lozano or why Quintana was wearing a Cliffs security uniform.