Crime keeps Albuquerque business owner off Thanksgiving Day table – KOAT New Mexico | CarTailz

Entering All In Autographs is like entering a museum. “You know what’s really cool about it is that we just remember the greats, right? And to create legacies through those memories,” said Shane Westhoelter, who owns the company. A museum full of signed objects to take home with you. “Everything in here is signed, it’s authenticated,” Westhoelter said. But like many business owners in Albuquerque, he faces problems. “Do you have to zip-tie these jerseys now?” asked KOAT’s John Cardinale. “Yes. I mean, we wanted people to be able to go through them and flip through them, which they still can. But we’ve had a couple of instances where people grabbed them and ran away,” Westhoelter said. Crime terrorizes Westhoelter’s gallery of history, his shop has been robbed four times by thieves. “We’re trying to do something nice where people can come in and have great memories and talk about and remember their childhood memories. And yet there are others who want to come in and wreak havoc,” he said. This mess that now makes him work this Thanksgiving holiday. “We all gave up our Thanksgiving to fix the store, clean it and get it ready for the people who want to come and enjoy,” Westhoelter said. Westhoelter took KOAT to his security room. “You can see they drove the vehicle right through the wall. And four people enter. But they just grab, smash and grab what they can,” he said while looking at the surveillance tapes. At 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, thieves broke in and stole from the store’s collection. “This is the display he walked in and tipped over. They had replica rings in them. It has been filled up. So he just took it. Throw it over, you can see it erupted. The whole front glass was shattered everywhere. And then he just grabbed the rings and took what he wanted,” he said. A total of $5,000 in memorabilia was stolen. “The good news is they didn’t take the high-end stuff. The bad news is they did a lot of damage by driving through with a car,” Westhoelter said. Repairing the shop front will cost a lot more than what was taken. “(Total) $30,000 in store damage on top of the inventory we lost. So that was a real frustration for us. And to get the repairs, they tell us it’s going to take a couple of weeks just because the materials are hard to come by,” he said. Despite the frustration, there is a glimmer of hope that the thieves will be caught. “He wasn’t wearing gloves. They were able to get some good fingerprints off a glass case here since he’d grabbed it and knocked it over and then had to turn and stand it up again. So he had good handprints and full fingerprints on this case,” Westhoelter said. While Westhoelter spends Thanksgiving, he prepares his store for Black Friday. Despite everything that has happened, he is still grateful. “I would like to commend our manager Chris. I mean he was here all night last night. Of course he brought his dog along as a companion. He slept here all night with a baseball bat and a gun. And when someone came back, they were ready,” said Westhoelter. Westhoelter said the company is giving a $1,000 reward to anyone with a tip that could lead to an arrest and conviction. Retail crime has increased by 60% since 2015, according to the National Retail Federation, with nearly 70% of retailers reporting an increase in 2021.

Entering All In Autographs is like entering a museum.

“You know what’s really cool about it is that we just remember the greats, right? And to create legacies through those memories,” said Shane Westhoelter, who owns the company.

A museum full of signed objects to take home with you.

“Everything in here is signed, it’s authenticated,” Westhoelter said.

But like many business owners in Albuquerque, he faces problems.

“Do you have to zip-tie these jerseys now?” asked KOAT’s John Cardinale.

“Yes. I mean, we wanted people to be able to go through them and flip through them, which they can still do. But we’ve had a couple of instances where people have grabbed them and run away,” Westhoelter said.

Crime terrorizes Westhoelter’s gallery of history, his shop has been robbed four times by thieves.

“We’re trying to do something nice where people can come in and have great memories and talk about and remember their childhood memories. And yet there are others who want to come in and wreak havoc,” he said.

This mess that now makes him work this Thanksgiving holiday.

“We all gave up our Thanksgiving to fix the store, clean it and get it ready for the people who want to come and enjoy,” Westhoelter said.

Westhoelter took KOAT to his security room.

“You can see they drove the vehicle right through the wall. And four people enter. But they just grab, smash and grab what they can,” he said while looking at the surveillance tapes.

At 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, thieves broke in and stole from the store’s collection.

“This is the display he walked in and tipped over. They had replica rings in them. It has been filled up. So he just took it. Throw it over, you can see it erupted. The whole front glass was shattered everywhere. And then he just grabbed the rings and took what he wanted,” he said.

A total of $5,000 in memorabilia was stolen.

“The good news is they didn’t take the high-end stuff. The bad news is they did a lot of damage by driving through with a car,” Westhoelter said.

Repairing the shop front will cost a lot more than what was taken.

“(Total) $30,000 in store damage on top of the inventory we lost. So that was a real frustration for us. And to get the repairs, they tell us it’s going to take a couple of weeks just because the materials are hard to come by,” he said.

Despite the frustration, there is a glimmer of hope that the thieves will be caught.

“He wasn’t wearing gloves. They were able to get some good fingerprints off a glass case here since he’d grabbed it and knocked it over and then had to turn and stand it up again. So he had good handprints and full fingerprints on this case,” Westhoelter said.

While Westhoelter spends Thanksgiving, he prepares his store for Black Friday. Despite everything that has happened, he is still grateful.

“I would like to commend our manager Chris. I mean he was here all night last night. Of course he brought his dog along as a companion. He slept here all night with a baseball bat and a gun. And when someone came back, they were ready,” said Westhoelter.

Westhoelter said the company is giving a $1,000 reward to anyone with a tip that could lead to an arrest and conviction.

Retail crime has increased by 60% since 2015, according to the National Retail Federation, with nearly 70% of retailers reporting an increase in 2021.

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