Armed robbery, theft of vehicle investigated
Las Cruces — Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the armed robbery suspect who stole a car outside an area Walmart store.
Las Cruces Police learned that at around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, a man approached a young couple as they walked out of the Walmart store at 3331 Rinconada Blvd. As they couple exited the store, the man first asked for a cigarette and then threatened them with what appeared to be a weapon.
The suspected demanded the young man’s wallet, cell phone and car keys and then proceeded to steal the victim’s Mitsubishi Eclipse that was in the parking lot.
The couple was not physically injured and returned to the store where they alerted store security.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and with several tattoos. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and a white undershirt.
The stolen vehicle is a 2007 silver Mitsubishi Eclipse with New Mexico license plate 605RGJ.
Anyone with information that can help identify the suspect or location of the vehicle is asked to contact Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637), keyword LCTIPS.
The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.