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Home-Owned '"-S g 'Ho'me-Operated fffSjj N W S PA PER JuihX ir HII? 1 lliMFMV lO( lllll!A! ;iJllUCf vJUJIJl v JJuJI tvH v AJ U 109th Year, No. 134 320 Pages In 22 Sections Sunday Morning, May 14, 1989 Copyright 1989, Journal Publishing Co. Daily 350 Sunday $1 President Advocates Overthrow Of Noriega KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWSPAPERS STARKVILLE, Miss. President Bush called on Panama's military and civilian population Saturday to rise up against Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega and oust the Panamanian military leader from power. "I would love to see them get him out," Bush said of the 12,000-member Panamanian Defense Force, which Noriega commands. "We'd like to see him out of there, not just (by) the PDF, but (by) the will of the people. "The people rose up and spoke in a democratic election. The will of the people should not be thwarted by this man and these doberman thugs," Bush added in remarks to reporters as he flew here for a commencement address at Mississippi State University. In Panama Saturday, political leaders opposed to Noriega called for a 24-hour general strike Wednesday to protest the government's annulment of the May 7 elections and demand recognition of an opposition victory. The strike was called to coincide with a meeting in Washington of the Organization of American States (OAS) about the MORE: See BUSH on PAGE A3 SUNDAY C Good Morning Happy Mother's Day. Parade Magazine Ten years after a near-fatal accident, a Carlsbad woman recalls her family's love. Weather Partly cloudy north, mostly sunny south Kighs 50s to 80s. Lows 20s to 50s. C6. rJ'" ' v ilT'--'-' fix . Ml . JLw;ii s RICHARD PIPES JOURNAL Medical Miracle A Guatemalan father awaits a medical miracle for his handicapped daughter: a trip to the United States, where she will get free treatment. CI. ACTION LINE H2 FIFTY PLUS H6 ARTS F1-8 HAPPENINGS F6 BOOKS F8 HOROSCOPE H2 BUSINESS G1-6 MOVIES F4-7 CLASSIFIED I1-J20 NEW MEXICO C1-5 CROSSWORD H2 SPORTS El -10 DEATHS C6 TRAVEL DM 2 DIMENSION B1-8 TRENDS H1-10 EDITORIALS B2-3 TV H11 FARM C5 WEATHER C6 N 0 HOME in Albuquerque is safe from burglars. Burglary is an easy crime to commit. All it takes is a strong leg kick to a door, a crowbar to break a weak lock or a rock to shatter a window. And shatter the sanctity of a home. Albuquerque Journal reporter Mike Gallagher investigates who tries to break in and how you and the police can thwart burglars. BURGLARY foot j j J A Pox on All Our Houses Burg. Eating Albii ane r "s 'Lnir 7;: j 1 j r X -7,1 ; 1 !i i ... ". . ... in , . ,r; ........ . - ; j,,- oner First in a series Stories by Mike Gallagher JOURNAL STAFF WRITER GREG SORBER JOURNAL Eight-year-old Richard Carey Jr. watches as APD Richard's mother, Linda, interrupted the burglars, Field Investigator Marc Laws dusts a VCR for who took a television but left a VCR and the tire iron, fingerprints in the Carey living room, 311 Edith SE. apparently used to enter trie home. For every hour of every day, a home or business is burglarized in Albuquerque. Burglars, in the words of one veteran police lieutenant, "are eating up the city." A revealing array of statistics brings home the point: Albuquerque residents and businesses reported more than 10,000 burglaries in 1988, an average of more than 30 a day. Burglars made off with more than $11 million in property last year. Police recovered less than one-tenth of it. For every burglary police solved, nine went unsolved about the national average. The average per-policy theft payout here by insurance companies far exceeds the national average. Despite the chilling statistics and the revulsion felt by people whose homes have been violated, burglary is a relatively low priority for overworked police and prosecutors. The average burglary takes three minutes. The average police response time to a burglary in progress call is four to seven minutes. "Even if the neighbor calls the burglar has a head start on us," said Sgt. Ron Kemp. For other burglary calls, it isn't unusual for a resident to wait two hours for an officer to arrive. Because the justice system is overloaded with crimes of violence, burglars in many cases must be caught three or four times by police before ever serving a day jn prison. And once in prison they are good candidates for early release because their MORE: See BURGLARIES on PAGE A9 Three -Time Victims Shop for Protection TIM AND HIS WIFE are shopping for a burglar alarm after their North Valley home was hit for the third time in nine months. From a police perspective, Tim and his family did everything right. They installed a solid-core front door. They had the right size dead-bolt lock. They locked the door. They belong to a Neighborhood Watch and they had serial numbers of valuable property recorded in a safe place. From a burglar's perspective, Tim and his neighbors also do some things right. They leave the house for long periods of time during the day, as do many of their neighbors. They live on a quiet street. There aren't many children playing in the front yards. In the first burglary, the thief broke a window and stole some jewelry of "no great monetary value but of great sentimental value," Tim said. The next burglary was through the window again. This time, they lost a video tape recorder. In the most recent burglary, the thief came through the solid core front door and deadbolt lock. A second video tape recorder was stolen. Each burglary took only a few minutes. The crimes were discovered when Tim and his wife came home. Police responded after the couple waited an hour or more. There is a sense of resignation in Tim's voice as he describes each burglary. "Their timing was uncanny," Tim said. "I have feeling they surveiled the street. Three of the neighbors have been hit. You do everything you can and you still get hit." "The police came," he said. "They were very polite and dusted for fingerprints. They told me they were getting this new machine that would help them match fingerprints. It sounds like they need that machine bad. They need it yesterday. "The Neighborhood Watch is doing even more," Tim said. "We're picking up papers and telling each other when we're gone and turning on lights." Meanwhile Tim and his wife are looking at burglar alarms. Not everyone is as careful as Tim and his family. "We cannot order somebody to close their garage doors," said Deputy Chief Elton Hodgson. A review of APD crime reports MORE: See THREE-TIME on PAGE A9 U 211 Westgate Heights Comanche . i mm0wmJMi(4o)m Menaul Jj I 234 g re frj 22 I "s f UIl I 337 J I 3 1 5 7 Lz 311 Highest Burglary Beats Lowest Burglary Beats Lowest 5, by Beat and Number of Burglaries 1986 1987 1988 Beat Number Beat Number Beat Number 337 27 214 47 224 66 415 75 337 43 214 46 224 82 415 82 234 53 234 59 337 214 224 415 234 45 47 55 55 65 Highest 5, by Beat and Number of Burglaries 1986 1987 1988 Beat Number Beat Number Beat Number 331 365 312 271 212 261 217 257 217 425 331 296 312 243 444 228 211 251 311 225 217 360 312 314 444 303 311 278 211 272 Figures based on study of police data by Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Crime Prevention. Data Includes only residential burglaries by police jurisdiction area. Moimtainair Tries To Unravel Officer's Still-Unsolved Death By Colleen Heild JOURNAL STAFF WRITER Heavy drapes now hang over the windows of the office where Mountainair police officer Stephen Sandlin was shot to death. A door has been installed at the entrance of the town's small police station so people can no longer walk in freely, as authorities suspect someone did the night Sandlin died. One year later, the memory of Sandlin's unexplained death at first presumed to be a suicide remains alive. Despite numerous snags and dead-ends in its investigation, the state Attorney General's Office now appears to believe Sandlin was murdered. This weekend marks the first time Sandlin will be honored publicly as a police officer killed in the line of duty. Questions surrounding Sandlin's death re-emerged in the media last week following the arrest of Torrance County Sheriff Gary Watts and three of his deputies on charges of larceny and conspiracy. Deputy Attorney General Steve West-heimer said the investigation into Sandlin's MORE: See MOUNTAINAIR on PAGE A8 m. m . , jr i r) 'i A . i Stephen Sandlin Shot to death a year ago Lab Guards, Employer Reach Pact Over Treatment By Ben Neary OF THE JOURNAL'S NORTHERN BUREAU LOS ALAMOS The union representing striking Los Alamos National Laboratory security guards agreed Saturday to a contract with their private employer, two months after they walked off the job claiming unfair treatment. Representatives of the International Guards Union of America, Local 69, hammered out the agreement last week in marathon sessions with Mason and Hanger-Silas Mason, the Kentucky-based company that has contracted to provide security at the federal lab since 1982. The nearly 250 guard j will vote Wednes- day on whether to accept the contract. Union officials say approval is almost certain. Both sides agreed not to release specifics until ratification. Ben Huff, the union's strike committee chairman, said the few guards he had spoken with were happy with the agreement, forged with the help of a federal mediator. "I would say that the little guy came out on top," he said. Guards probably will go back to work this week under the new contract, he said. Leonard Carter, Los Alamos manager for Mason and Hanger, acknowledged there MORE: See GUARDS on PAGE A3 j

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