Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Bud Brinkerhoff
(center) presents awards during the PVFB’s annual Awards Banquet
held in March to Brigade members who have excelled in their contribution
to the community. He presented the Chief’s Award for Fire
to Sal Gullo (left) and the Chief’s Award for EMT to Sandy
Burglars strike Placitas
During April, several daytime burglaries were committed in Placitas—at
Vista Montaña, Overlook, Cedar Creek, and Anasazi Trails
subdivisions. Typically, around 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., the burglars
ring the doorbell to determine if anyone is home. If no one comes
to the door, they throw a rock through the window. They are stealing
guns, jewelry, and laptop computers.
In Overlook, when the burglar rang the doorbell, the female resident
did not get to the door fast enough, so they thought no one was
home and threw a rock through the window. The woman screamed and
the thief escaped.
One of the houses in Anasazi Trails had their alarm going off.
When a neighbor went outside to check if there was a problem, the
thieves were already running down the driveway with guns and jewelry.
At about noon on April 10, a neighbor on Dusty Trail spotted someone
going around knocking on doors and windows and called 911. Deputies
arrived and two men ran on foot toward Homestead Village Shopping
Center, leaving their parked red pickup (a vehicle reported in other
The Albuquerque Journal reported that two 17-year-old males were
arrested on burglary charges by Sandoval County Sheriff's Office.
A Toyota pick-up truck belonging to one of the suspects was impounded.
The suspects were booked into the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention
As of this press time, the Signpost has not received any further
information from the Sheriff’s Office about the arrest or
ongoing efforts to combat burglaries, but according to e-mails circulating
in the community, burglars are still working the Placitas area.
Increased police activity has been apparent. The Sheriff’s
Office is initiating neighborhood watch programs in most subdivisions.
According to the e-mails, a vehicle suspected to be involved in
the burglaries is a late Seventies model Ford pickup truck, light
blue with lots of dents, and a ladder rack on the back. Deputies
reportedly came to Cedar Creek and said they were on the lookout
for a white construction truck that is believed to be involved.
Another time they were looking for a dark-colored SUV. The burglars
are believed to be dropped off wearing backpacks to carry whatever
they have stolen.
The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office told La Mesa residents
to keep their doors locked and their garage doors closed during
the day and even when working in the yard. Remember, these burglaries
are occurring quickly and in broad daylight.
The Sandoval County Sheriff's Department can be contacted at a
non-emergency number at 867-7526 or at the dispatch center at 891-7226.
In case of an emergency, call 911.
Fire restrictions increase
Beginning on April 28, the Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts
of the Cibola National Forest will be under increased fire restrictions.
The following restrictions apply until further notice:
• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire,
charcoal broiler, coal or wood stove are prohibited. Pressurized
liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters meeting safety specifications
• All personal-use firewood cutting will not be allowed until
further notice. Extensions will be granted to individuals with existing
personal-use permits. Personal-use firewood cutting will recommence
when weather conditions permit.
• All vehicles must remain on forest roads.
• Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle
For further information, call Mark Chavez, Cibola National Forest
Supervisor’s Office, at (505) 346-3900.