A couple of crime stories with Las Vegas (N.M.) convicts

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Video surveillance images of a Eric Schlenker who pleaded guilty to robbing a Santa Fe bank in February. (Courtesy FBI)

The U.S. Attorneys Office on Wednesday was busy cranking out news releases on various court matters and two of them included convicts up the road in Las Vegas, N.M.

Here are the pair of Las Vegas crime briefs as typed up for Thursday’s newspaper:

— Las Vegas man to serve three years in prison —

A Las Vegas, N.M., man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to 37 months in prison for his pleading guilty to robbing a Santa Fe Wells Fargo bank on Feb. 12.

(CLICK HERE for the February blog post on this robbery)

FBI and Santa Fe Police investigated the robbery and say Eric Schlenker, 43, robbed the Wells Fargo branch inside Albertsons, 3001 St. Francis Drive, by handing a teller a note demanding money — he got $2,862 according to police reports — and indicating he had a gun.

Schlenker’s ex-girlfriend tipped investigators off that she grew suspicious of how he came into so much money when he was unemployed.

At his may plea hearing, Schlenker admitted handing the bank teller a note that read, “I have a gun open your drawer put all the $ on Counter,” according to a spokeswoman from the U.S. Attorneys Office.

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— Las Vegas man sentenced to 70 months in prison —

Charles Richard Lucero, 42, of Las Vegas, N.M., on Wednesday in Santa Fe was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lucero was arrested in February in Bernalillo County and charged with having in his possession a Ruger model P89 9mm pistol. That is against the law as Lucero had a 2010 conviction on felony drug trafficking and possession charges.

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