Created: 12/15/2013 10:11 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A rash of burglaries has an entire Albuquerque neighborhood on edge.
In the overnight hours, several businesses in Nob Hill have been picked through by brazen criminals who get inside restaurants and shops by smashing through windows and doors.
Between nine and 10 businesses, within just a few blocks, have been broken into.
In every case, the common thing missing is the cash box.
Now businesses are calling on police to put a stop to this rash of crime this neighborhood says is ruining the holiday spirit.
"They came through the window, shattered everything, pulled everything out of here," said Alisa Turtletaub.
On Sunday morning, Turtletaub found her Nob Hill deli in ruins.
"Glass everywhere," she said.
Sadly, the discovery was not much of a surprise.
"It's an invasion of your privacy, it's an invasion of your space," she said.
This morning was the second time in weeks Turtletaub's Nosh Deli has been smashed up by some not-so-friendly repeat customers.
"The first time, they smashed the front door, took the petty cash, and a Coke," said Turtletaub. "I had glass in all the silverware, the to-go boxes.”
Right down the street from Nosh, Slice Parlor owner Doug Crowder said many of his neighbors have been hit, too.
"Ten businesses in the past 6 weeks," he said.
Crowder is still picking up the pieces from a burglary two weeks ago. Just like the Nosh burglary, his cash box was stolen too.
"350 bucks to replace a glass door," he said.
Crowder's recovery costs are adding up quickly.
"Two weeks later, they came and tried it again," said Crowder. "Twice I've had to replace my door in the last month."
Crowder says especially in this neighborhood, where the holiday spirit shines so brightly, the disregard for others is hurtful.
"Right around the holidays it just bums everyone out," he said.
Stationary store Papers tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 they have been burglarized, too.
Katie Farmin, a hostess at nearby Elaine's says the restaurant was broken into recently, and it seems to be happening all around.
"If you see something, keep out an eye," said Farmin. "Look out for us."
The burglaries have been reported to APD.
Everyone KOB spoke to for this story said this is a pattern they have seen almost every year after Shop-and-Stroll, it just has never been this bad.
All the business owners in our story are asking on Sunday night for increased overnight patrols in Nob Hill until whoever is doing this is caught.