The business housebreaking at Kim Jew Pictures final week supplies some perception, on two counts, into why it generally seems like we stay in a metropolis the place legislation and order are hanging by a thread.
First, there may be the all-too-typical response by Albuquerque police to property crimes – they don’t actually get labored up a lot about any person breaking into your own home, your automobile or your administrative center and stealing your stuff. Name it the “file a report” syndrome. Second, there may be the acquainted storyline on the suspect – somebody who has offended again and again with seemingly little consequence.
Kim Jew, after all, is a well known photographer whose portraits grace the partitions of workplaces and houses. Over the previous 45 years, his studios have visually chronicled a spread of topics, from the wealthy and well-known, to touching household vacation portraits, to weddings, baptisms and graduations.
And he’s a accountable businessman who has put in safety cameras. So he had the video proof Monday, April 5, after a person broke into his studio on Eubank NE and carried off cash, $6,000 price of digital camera tools and priceless reminiscence playing cards of individuals he had photographed.
“We bought the man, right here he’s, so go get him,” Jew stated.
Individuals who acknowledged the suspect contacted Albuquerque Crime Stoppers. “We bought the identify, deal with and a license plate of a automobile in entrance of his home,” Jew stated.
Slam dunk, proper? Shifting shortly sufficient would possibly even head off the suspect fencing the stolen Canon cameras, lenses and strobe mild and get well the reminiscence playing cards, a lot of which got here from Easter photograph periods.
As of Wednesday, Jew stated he had not been knowledgeable of any arrests within the case.
When Jew tried to contact the APD officers who took the report to present them further data, he was advised they had been off. He had no approach to contact them besides by way of an e mail. One lastly contacted him final Thursday. In the meantime, APD says the case has been turned over to an influence crew. How, you ask, if APD is critical about property crime, had nothing occurred all week in a case served up on a platter?
Then there may be the historical past of the suspect, who’s recognized within the crisp video.
In November 2019, he was charged with prison injury to property after a neighbor stated she noticed him shatter her automobile’s rear window with a baseball bat and flee on a motorcycle. That cost was dismissed when the officer failed to point out up in courtroom. That very same 12 months, he was charged with what his legal professional known as a “joyride” in a next-door neighbor’s automobile; dismissed for “inadequate proof.”
The person, whose public defender in an earlier case stated he had a historical past of substance abuse, earlier was charged with reckless driving after an officer stated he was rushing by way of quite a few cease indicators and a crimson mild in heavy visitors. That’s not dangerous driving; it’s harmful habits that fortunately didn’t lead to harm or demise to harmless motorists or pedestrians. The case was dismissed when the officer failed to look in courtroom.
The record might go on – a few DWI convictions and three home violence-related arrests, the primary two dismissed and the third from February at the moment pending. A warrant issued for his arrest for failure to look in courtroom was “energetic” when he kicked in a glass pane and hauled off Kim Jew’s cameras.
APD continues to be short-handed and working beneath a troublesome oversight settlement. Substance abuse does drive crime. However that doesn’t change the underside line. When Tim Keller campaigned for mayor, he stated crime was difficulty No. 1. and it’s the mayor’s job to get it beneath management. And whereas violent crime is up, APD Chief Harold Medina says property crime has fallen.
However you couldn’t show it by the Kim Jew break-in, APD’s response and the repeated police no-shows in circumstances involving this suspect. If we actually need to get a deal with on crime, APD and the prison justice system must do a complete lot higher.
This editorial first appeared within the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned because it represents the opinion of the newspaper relatively than the writers.