In Santa Fe, Residential Burglaries Take a Sharp Rise

Statistics point to loss of focus on narcotics crimes as driving robbery trend

City councilors felt about the same as Coss. In interviews, Heldmeyer, Ronald Trujillo, Chris Calvert, Carmichael Dominguez and Matthew Ortiz said all the recent problems at the Police Department didn't merit a change in leadership. All said recent complaints about burglaries from citizens have been minimal to nonexistent. In fact, all five mentioned graffiti and other issues as bigger public concerns.

"I've heard much more about potholes than I have about burglary," Heldmeyer said.

Calvert, Ortiz and Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger have been burglary victims in the last year.

Coss cited new state funds to remodel department headquarters, negotiations on a new contract for officers and a new domestic violence coordinator as evidence that the department is getting back on track.

Eric Johnson said he knows that recent events have made the situation uncomfortable for officers.

"But they're doing a great job," he said. "We're doing our best to control the rumor mill. I'm trying to do everything in my power to monitor the safety of the public."

Meanwhile, the school nurse whose home downtown was broken into 10 days ago has a novel solution in case the burglars decide to return.

"I've left a note on the backdoor saying that anything of value to you has already been removed," she said.

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