ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a thief spent two months targeting every Target store in Albuquerque. According to a criminal complaint, William Ainsworth hit five stores over the span of two months, stealing higher end goods typically locked in cabinets.
Police say Ainsworth would walk into stores and use what’s known as an “alpha key” to unlock cabinets protecting fragrances and electronics. In February, he hit the Lomas location and Montgomery location within an hour of each other.
In all, Ainsworth is accused of stealing $9,179 worth of goods including Beats by Dre headphones and speakers, smart watches, digital cameras and fragrances.
As of Saturday afternoon, Ainsworth was behind bars on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.
Online court records show Ainsworth has a lengthy criminal past including a 2007 incident where he later pled guilty to choking and stabbing Rozco the police dog while he was being chased by officers. The dog bit Ainsworth back and ultimately survived.
With all the surveillance, cameras on every corner, it’s hard to believe that someone could get away with this kind of crime. In fact, he would have to be pretty smart to do so. And for about, let’s say, six months of work, he got $9,000 worth of merchandise. He would re-sell that merchandise at a mark-up, let’s say 100%. He made $18,000 for six months of work, that’s $36,000 annually.
Well, at least he’s not dealing drugs, right? Just consumerism. He’ll be sent to prison, again, and that’s another person we’ve given to the prison industry, along with his family and friends, who now have to pay for the privilege of seeing and talking to him.
I don’t know how I would defend myself against an attack dog, but since I don’t carry a knife, I assume that if it had been me and the dog, I’d have lots of leftover scars from the encounter. Heck, I’ve been lucky not to get scarred by friendly dogs: