$17K worth of items stolen from Four Corners hotel

Meg Hilling
September 22, 2017 07:03 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Hotels are treasure troves for beautiful decorations. Unique items often reflect the history and heritage of the area.


But for the second time in a month, the Casa Blanca Inn and Suites in the Four Corners has been violated by theft, resulting in a loss of nearly $17,000 worth of items.

"Well it makes you feel very violated," innkeeper Linda Kimmel said.

Breaking in via a door in the backyard, the suspects were in and out of the property in less than 90 seconds, taking with thousands of dollars' worth of items.

"We have a lot of Navajo rugs -- or had a lot of Navajo rugs -- that were on display in this room for our guests to enjoy," Kimmel said. "And they [the thieves] within a minute to a minute and a half max totally ripped every one of them out of the room, pulled them off the walls."

Other items stolen include woven baskets and pottery. It remains unclear how or why the inn was targeted.

"The Internet is such a high marketing tool for a business like this, so we have a lot of pictures and a lot of things to entice people to come to see us," she said. "So I don't know if that’s how they marketed, you know hit us as a mark, is because of our website and the things we display there. Or if it has been someone who has been here."

The Farmington Police Department is working to identify two men, and security at the inn is being increased.

"Well, we have certainly beefed it up," Kimmel said. "Since then, we've added some locks. We've added some cameras. We are in the process of adding more to cover the outside area. We have the inside covered pretty well now. You know, it is like closing the gate after the herd got out."


Meg Hilling

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