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Deputy helps family targeted by criminals

Brittany Costello
November 18, 2017 09:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It was a terrifying moment for an Albuquerque family Thursday as they caught thieves in the act, inside their home.

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A mother and daughter came home to their front door kicked in and shadows passing by windows.

The family called police and waited outside in their car for deputies to arrive. Deputies eventually showed up, but those suspects managed to slip right past them, taking off with more than just property. They ended up with belongings that hold sentimental value.

“I got a phone call from my little sister – panic,” Marissa Salazar said. “I thought a car accident, you know, it was 10:00.”

Marissa Salazar's mother and sister had come home to wood splitting apart from their front door frame. The door window had portions of broken glass, and the security door lock was disposed of.

Intruders were inside their home – all while they waited just a wall away.

“I looked at my window and I saw the light turn on in my bedroom,” said a victim that did not want to be identified. “I just saw a shadow moving around.”

But those thieves managed to slip past deputies and the family.

When the family finally got inside, they were greeted with an empty TV stand, stolen presents that had been sitting under the Christmas tree, a jewelry box that was bare and, perhaps the most important item, a daughter’s Albuquerque High School dance bag was gone. Inside were her brand new dance shoes.

“I saw her go out and get donations,” said the woman, referring to her teenage daughter. “I wanted to put the responsibility on her. That’s why they're that much more important; because she earned those shoes herself.”

So how do you explain that to a teenage girl?

“At the end of the day, seeing the fear in her eye, hearing it in her voice, not wanting to go to sleep,” the Albuquerque mother said. “It has been horrific.”

But someone noticed, and they stepped up. A responding deputy left the family a little surprise: a gift card for new shoes.

The gift card was coupled with a short letter that read, “The hurt on your daughter’s face was enough to make me help.”

“We're thankful for our safety, for their safety, but I’m also thankful for him,” Salazar said.

As a result of the incident, the family said they are going to install an alarm system for their home. They also plan on taking self-defense classes.

Meanwhile that deputy has since been stopping by to make sure the family is alright.

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Brittany Costello

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