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Burglary victims: Put our stuff down — or your hands up

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When an Albuquerque couple caught a man burglarizing their garage, they asked him to stop.

Aaron Lujan

LUJAN: Released from jail Wednesday, and again Friday

When that didn’t work, they pulled out a rifle and a handgun, and held him at gunpoint until police officers arrived.

Police were called to a home in the 1600 block of Lafayette NE on a reported burglary in progress Thursday. There, they found the armed couple holding the suspected robber, identified as Aaron Lujan, 26.

“Upon arrival, I observed an older male … pointing some type of rifle at a male suspect on his knees,” an officer wrote in a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Lujan, while being handcuffed, told police that he had recently been released from the county jail. Jail and court records show he got out Wednesday after posting bail in a July drug case.

Homeowner George Kennedy, 70, told officers that he was in his garage when he noticed a man loading items into a sport utility vehicle nearby. Kennedy saw that some of the items the man was loading – including a generator and a cooler – were his, according to the criminal complaint.

He went over to the man, later identified as Lujan, and asked him to stop, but Lujan continued loading the items, according to the complaint. Kennedy went inside and got his wife, Rebecca Kennedy, 66, and they armed themselves.

They held Lujan until officers arrived.

When police searched Lujan, they found keys belonging to Rebecca Kennedy in his pocket. Police also discovered that the SUV Lujan was loading the stolen items into was stolen, according to the complaint.

Lujan told officers what he had done, according to the complaint.

“He stated he took the items from the garage and placed them in the stolen SUV,” the officer wrote.

Lujan was arrested, charged with residential burglary and booked back into jail. He was released again Friday, according to jail records.