Police accuse Santa Fe man of shoplifting spree

March 22, 2019

A Santa Fe man arrested in February after allegedly trying to steal a shopping cart of meat from a supermarket has been accused in a shoplifting spree involving eight previous thefts.

Edgar Contreras-Lopez, 27, also is accused of shoplifting again after his release from custody following the February arrest.

A criminal complaint filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court on Tuesday accuses Contreras-Lopez of eight counts of shoplifting, two of them felonies because the value of the merchandise exceeded $500. He also faces two counts of resisting an officer.

On Jan. 5, Contreras-Lopez allegedly grabbed several shirts valued at nearly $300 from Dillard’s at Santa Fe Place and fled in a car, according to the complaint. The license plate was tracked to him.

In a Jan. 19 incident at the Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe mall, Contreras-Lopez allegedly fled police with a bag of merchandise worth more than $400 from the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.

Four Fitbit fitness-tracking devices worth about $800 were taken from Target on Zafarano Drive on Jan. 29. Contreras-Lopez allegedly tried to sell them on Facebook. More electronics were stolen from the Target on Feb. 8 and Feb. 11.

Contreras-Lopez also is accused of stealing several pairs of Nike sneakers from Famous Footwear on Zafarano Drive on Feb. 5, Feb. 10 and Feb. 20, according to the complaint.

Contreras-Lopez was arrested Feb. 20 when staff at Sprouts on Zafarano Drive stopped him from allegedly trying to leave the store without paying for meat worth more than $300.

According to the complaint, during an interview with police after that arrest, Contreras-Lopez admitted to the other thefts at Dillard’s, Target, Famous Footwear and the Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe.

Following that arrest, Contreras-Lopez was ordered released on an unsecured appearance bond of $2,500, according to court records. He was arrested in a new case about a week later.

A criminal complaint filed March 4 charges Contreras-Lopez with shoplifting in a March 1 incident at Target. Store employees said they saw Contreras-Lopez taking items, and he allegedly threw the merchandise on the ground and ran when confronted, according to the complaint. An employee at the nearby Albertsons detained Contreras-Lopez until police arrived. Police searched him and found drugs and wire cutters — suspected of being used to cut security devices off the merchandise, according to the complaint.

According to Santa Fe County jail records, Contreras-Lopez was again released from jail March 12. He has upcoming court dates of March 27 and April 3, court records show.