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Pair Accused of Burglarizing Portables at School

Men Ran But Were Caught Soon After

Two men were arrested Sunday after they allegedly broke into five portable buildings and caused property damage at Robert F. Kennedy High charter school in southwest Albuquerque.

Victor Bolivar, 19, and Douglas Atler, 19, are charged with five counts of burglary as well as criminal damage to property and conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to the school about 9:30 p.m. Sunday about a burglary. When deputies arrived, Albuquerque Public Schools police were in a foot chase with two men who fled when they arrived on scene.

APS officers responded to the school in response to an alarm and heard voices coming from a portable building at the school located at 4300 Blake SW. Two men then walked out of the portable and ran when the officers identified themselves and ordered them to stop.

The officers lost sight of the men after they jumped two fences, according to the complaint. Police and deputies later found that five portables buildings had been broken into. The locks to the portables had been broken.

Three projectors also were stolen. The equipment had been ripped from their ceiling mounts causing damage to the ceiling tiles and mounts, according to the complaint.

Two projectors were later found by police inside of cloth bags on the steps outside a portable building.

Two men matching description of the suspects involved in the burglary were later seen at Blake and Wendell SW. An APS officer was called to the scene and identified the men as the ones who ran from officers at the school.

The men, who were later identified as Atler and Bolivar, were arrested.

One of the men was missing a shoe. The shoe was later found near a fence at the school, according to the complaint.

Atler and Bolivar were booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center. Bolivar bonded out Tuesday and Atler on Wednesday, according to jail records.
— This article appeared on page 02 of the West Side Journal