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Santa Fe police: Mom arrested for robberies committed by her son

SANTA FE — Police say the mother of the young man charged with a series of armed robberies in Santa Fe last month apparently put him up to the crimes, and in one of the heists she drove the getaway car.

Brett Armijo, 21, told police his mom wanted proceeds from the five robberies to support her crack cocaine habit and that she once told him she would “rat him out” if he “didn’t ‘score’ for her,’ ” court documents state.

“It looks like she was the one putting him up to it,” said police Lt. Andrea Dobyns.

The mother, Gerlinde Hackler, 41, and son are both crack addicts, Armijo told police. He said he’s a heroin addict and she had gotten him hooked on crack “and they would both smoke crack cocaine together,” says an officer’s court statement.

Hackler, of Santa Fe, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging her with robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with her son. He was previously charged with armed robbery for two in a string of five robberies over a three-day period from Jan. 18 through Jan. 21 and has admitted committing the others.

Hackler is being held in jail on a $200,000 cash-only bond, jail records show. Armijo has been behind bars since he was arrested Jan. 22 with the help of a SWAT team at the Calle Delfino home he shares with his mom and other family members. According to a criminal complaint in Magistrate Court, Armijo asked to speak with detectives on Jan. 28.

He said Hackler dropped him off at the Baskin-Robbins store on Cerrillos Road “to scope it out” on Jan. 20. The next day Armijo told his mom he was “going to get the money” and asked his mother to drive him to business. He said Hackler agreed “knowing he was going to commit the robbery.” Armijo said his father also was with them but had nothing to do with the hold-up and is seriously ill with cirrhosis of the liver.

After robbing the ice cream parlor, Hackler drove the getaway car “to the location of her dealer whom she purchases crack cocaine from.” The twosome made a buy and “smoked crack cocaine that evening, using the robbery proceeds for the purchase.”

Armijo previously had informed his mother before he to robbed the Los Panchitos Mini Mart at 1310 Osage on Jan. 18, he says in the police statement. After that robbery, his mom made the threat to “rat him out” if he didn’t score crack. The duo then used the money robbed from Los Panchitos to buy crack and smoke it together, Armijo is quoted as saying in the report.

The police statement says Armijo has admitted to all five robberies including those from Jan. 20 at the Fill ‘er Up at 2631 Cerrillos and the Dollar General at 5992 Airport Rd. and the Jan. 19 robbery of the Subway at 4350 Airport

Hackler was charged in 2010 with being a party to a crime but that charge was dropped, court records show.

 

SANTA FE — Police here are saying the mother in a mother-son drug addicted duo, put her son up to two in a series of armed robberies last month to support her habit, telling him she would “‘rat him out’” if he “didn’t ‘score’ for her,’” court documents state.

Gerlinde Hackler, 41, of Santa Fe was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging her with robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with her son Brett Armijo, 21, who was charged with armed robbery for two in a string of five robberies over a three day period from Jan. 18 through Jan. 21.

“It looks like she (Hackler) was the one putting him up to it,” said police spokeswoman Lt. Andrea Dobyns. Armijo is a suspect in the other three robberies and possibly other crimes, police said.

Hackler was booked into the Santa Fe County jail and is being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond, jail records show. Armijo is being held on a $125,000, cash-only bond after his arrest at his home on Jan. 22, with the help of a SWAT team.

According to details filed with a criminal complaint in Santa Fe Magistrate Court, Armijo, who admitted to the robberies, asked to speak with again with detectives, on Jan. 28.

Armijo told investigators that his mother “had gotten him addicted to crack cocaine, and they would both smoke crack together.”

Hackler dropped her son off the Jan. 21, the day before the robbery of the Baskin Robbins store on Cerrillos Road “to scope it out” and then drove the getaway car after Armijo robbed the business the next day and then they did the same thing at the Jan. 18, robbery of the Los Panchitos Mini Mart.

Gerlinde Hackler. Photo/Santa Fe Co. jail.

Gerlinde Hackler. Photo/Santa Fe Co. jail.

This is a developing story. Check this website for updates and Thursday’s Journal for more details.

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