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Cobwebs help police find suspected burglar

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Officers arrested Noel I. Cano, 35, of Hobbs, after he allegedly burglarized a pawnshop and stole several guns, then left through a cobweb-covered door.

Cano was arrested on Tuesday and was charged with aggravated burglary, a second-degree felony; and two counts of receiving stolen property, both fourth-degree felonies.

According to a Hobbs Police Department criminal complaint, the pawnshop owner came to police after the burglary of his shop and provided video footage of the robbery.

The report states, Cano got access to the shop from the roof through an air conditioning vent from where he then handed off the stolen guns to another person.

“The subject in the video was wearing black and red Puma shoes,” the report states.

The report states the other person was not visible enough to identify.

Cano allegedly then left the store through an unused sliding door covered in cobwebs — which he took home with him.

An anonymous call then helped police connect Cano to the crime when an unnamed source told police Cano was selling the guns “around the neighborhood.”

The report states Cano lived two blocks from the pawnshop. Officers found Cano at his residence and arrested him on an active arrest warrant.

“Cano had a large amount of cobwebs stuck to his jeans, which is consistent to the exit point of the burglary,” the report states.

Cano allegedly denied committing the burglary after his arrest. Officers obtained a search warrant for the home and found a Ruger PEI .308 rifle, Bushmaster .223 rifle, Savage 110E 30-06 bolt action rifle, black powder rifle, 25mm single-action pistol, two pistol magazines and two rifle magazines. Officers also found the Puma shoes seen at the vent the guns were passed through to the unknown person.

“After disclosing that we located some of the stolen firearms, he (Cano) admitted that he lied,” the report states. “He also stated that he hid them because he knew they were stolen.”

According to the report, Cano told police two unknown males sold him the guns for $1,000 and he admitted to selling “some rifles and a couple pistols.”

Cano was also asked about the shoes that were found to which he allegedly said he “did not even know how they got there.”

“I asked who committed the burglary with him, but he refused to identify anyone,” officers said.

Officers stated Cano stuck to his story that he purchased the weapons from other men.

Cano was arrested and booked at Hobbs City Jail. He had his first appearance in Magistrate Court on Wednesday and was issued a $2,000 cash bond by Judge Willie Henry.

A detention hearing is scheduled to take place at 8:15 a.m. on April 2 for Cano.

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