Rio Communities

Police are looking for a man who walked into the Allsups in Rio Communities early Sunday demanding money from the clerk.

“A male subject walked into the Allsup’s and handed the clerk a note that demanded money,” said Valencia County Sheriff’s Detective Rene Rivera. “When the suspect handed the clerk the note, he put his hand on his side as if he had a weapon.”

Rivera said the note read, “Give me all the money in the cash register.” After the suspect took the money from the teller, he took the note back and left, the detective said.

The suspect is described as a male in his late 20s to early 30s, with light complexion, a mustache and wearing a dark T-shirt, a tan cap with a blue rim and dark sunglasses. The clerk told the detective that the suspect left the convenience store in a new-model red Ford pickup truck with a camper shell.

“A witness who was parked outside Allsup’s saw what had happened and followed the vehicle in an attempt to get the license plate number,” Rivera said. “The witness lost sight of the truck in the area of Maestas and Jarales Roads in Belen. The witness said the truck didn’t have a license plate.”

Rivera said he has seen the surveillance video tape from the Rio Communities Allsup’s and is following up leads in the case. He said he hopes to make an arrest soon.

If anyone has information about this case, call Detective Rene Rivera at 866-2405.

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Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
She is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.