Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe and deputies from his office arrested a woman Thursday afternoon (May 16) who allegedly admitted to using a BB gun to rob a woman at a local business in Ranchos de …
Updated May 17 at 8:30 p.m.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe and deputies from his office arrested a woman Thursday afternoon (May 16) who allegedly admitted to using a BB gun to rob a woman at a local business in Ranchos de Taos.
Cynthia Cordero, 23, was arrested at a residence on Garcia Road and booked into the Taos County Adult Detention Center on a charge of armed robbery, according to a press release from Hogrefe.
After comparing the woman with surveillance footage that captured another armed robbery at Allsup's on Taos Pueblo on May 11, Hogrefe said there is strong evidence to suggest Cordero committed that crime as well.
"The suspect's build, clothing, gloves and the handgun matched up," said Hogrefe.
Hogrefe said Cordero admitted to that armed robbery as well during a custodial interview.
While she hasn't been charged in that case, the new evidence will be sent to Taos Pueblo Tribal Police, the agency handling the case, and to the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Thursday's armed robbery was reported shortly after noon, with a caller stating that a woman wearing a disguise had entered the business at St. Francis Plaza Drive, pointed a "handgun" at his wife and demanded money from the register.
The female suspect fled in a green Subaru. The caller followed the vehicle to the Garcia Road residence while continuing to communicate with a dispatcher over the phone.
Deputies arrived outside the residence, contained the area and entered the home to find three women inside.
Hogrefe and Sgt. Greg Trujillo joined the deputies as they interviewed the women. According to the press release, Cordero's story "was not consistent" and caused suspicion.
According to the sheriff's office, Cordero eventually admitted to the robbery, saying, "OK – I did it, I just needed the money."
Inside the home, the sheriff's office recovered several hundred dollars in cash, a black BB gun resembling a handgun, a hoodie jacket, scarf and gloves believed to have been worn during the robbery
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