Fake Target Employee Tries to Steal Electronics, Batters APD Officers Trying to Escape from Custody


March 11, 2024, 1:30 pm

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Albuquerque, NM – A routine call regarding suspicious activity at a local Target store escalated into a dramatic showdown between law enforcement and a repeat offender on March 10, 2024. The incident, which unfolded at the Target situated at 9371 Coors Blvd NW, resulted in the apprehension of Curtis Vann, a notorious impersonator with a penchant for electronics.

Authorities responded to a distress call from the store, reporting a man masquerading as a Target employee and he was attempting to procure store keys for the merchandise storage area. According to eyewitness accounts, the suspect, later identified as Curtis Vann, 22-year-old from Bloomington, Indiana, managed to obtain access to the storage room and obtained five Xbox One Consoles.

According to the criminal complaint, loss prevention officers recounted the encounter, shedding light on Vann’s history of deception. Loss prevention employees told police that Vann, had been previously employed at a different Target location in early 2023, but he was terminated under undisclosed circumstances. Since then, Vann had made repeated attempts to infiltrate various Target stores in the area. Vann has been employing the same modus operandi of impersonation to pilfer electronic goods from Target locations throughout the metro.

Upon arriving on scene, law enforcement officers confronted Vann, who was unmistakably dressed in the signature red shirt and khaki pants worn by Target employees. Despite being read his Miranda rights, Vann remained tight-lipped and refused to cooperate with the authorities. Vann was promptly informed of his impending arrest on two counts of felony shoplifting, pertaining to incidents on both March 8th and March 10th, 2024.

Subsequently, Vann was arrested and escorted to the Northwest Substation for processing, where an unexpected twist unfolded. Seizing an opportunity during a restroom break, Vann brazenly attempted to flee, pushing past officers in a desperate bid for freedom. However, Vann’s useless escape plan was thwarted by locked doors, prompting him to seek temporary refuge in the nearby evidence room.

What ensued was a tense standoff as Vann barricaded himself inside, using multiple chairs to fortify his position and resist apprehension. Law enforcement officers, were faced with the long arduous challenge of coaxing Vann out, without resorting to force.

After about 15 minutes of negotiation, Vann ultimately decided to resist authorities, bringing an end to the harrowing ordeal which wasn’t to his advantage or preference. He now faces a litany of charges, including felony shoplifting, and resisting arrest, battery on police officers, and stolen motor vehicle.


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