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School Burglary Suspect Held

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A southwest area school burglarized earlier this month has been hit again.

Albuquerque Public Schools police arrested Anthony Ybarra, 18, early Friday after he allegedly pried security screens from windows to enter portables classrooms at Robert F. Kennedy High School at 4300 Blake SW. Ybarra allegedly took computer equipment valued at more than $2,500 and tried to flee with the items, according to a criminal complaint.

He later told APS police that he had met up with another person before the burglary to plan it.

APS staff received multiple alarm alerts just after midnight on at the school. Video surveillance caught two men of the gated school grounds.

When APS police arrived, both of the men on the surveillance video were seen on campus. One fled on foot, but Ybarra surrendered, the complaint reads. Ybarra later confessed to taking part in the crime, according to the complaint.

Ybarrra was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny, conspiracy, and other crimes.

About a week and a half earlier, the school was broken into allegedly by Douglas Atler, 19, and Victor Bolivar, 19. Each was charged with five counts of burglary as well as criminal damage to property and conspiracy. Both are former students of the high school, according to a criminal complaint.

In that Dec. 18 burglary three projectors were stolen and had been ripped from their ceiling mounts causing damage to the ceiling tiles and mounts, according to a separate criminal complaint. Two projectors were later found outside a portable building.

Atler’s girlfriend Stephanie Valles, 20, was charged Friday in connection with the Dec. 18 burglary. She is suspected of driving a getaway car and driving Atler and Bolivar to the high school as well as Ernie Pyle Middle School at 1830 Valdora on Dec. 18, according to a criminal complaint.

Portables at the middle school also had been burglarized and four computers along with a flat screen TV were taken, the complaint reads.

Valles is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit larceny, according to an arrest warrant. Atler also faces additional charges, including two counts of burglary, larceny, conspiracy and evidence tampering, according to an arrest warrant.
— This article appeared on page 1 of the West Side Journal