New Mexico

Judge issues arrest warrant in million-dollar theft from Santa Fe jewelry store

A judge in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in a million-dollar jewelry heist at a store on the city's historic downtown plaza.

More than $1 million in jewelry was stolen from Diva Diamonds & Jewels on Nov. 27 as crowds gathered on the plaza outside for a holiday tree-lighting festival.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for 45-year-old Luis Villalba Boca-Negra in connection with the Black Friday theft.

Boca-Negra already is on probation in New Mexico for stealing a ring from another jewelry store in the same vicinity, said Santa Fe Police Lt. Michele Williams.

She said investigators fear the suspect may have fled the state.