Updated: 12/17/2013 7:57 PM |
Created: 12/17/2013 7:53 PM
By: Jennifer Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque detectives say it's averaging out to be one business hit a night as a string of break-ins continue in the Nob Hill area.
Bare nails line the walls of an art gallery near Washington. Emmanuelle Duran, owner of Re-Animated Styles, says it's a sore sight to see.
"This is a high-end consignment for clothing and art," she said.
Detectives on scene say the thieves tried kicking in the door, but when they were unsuccessful, they threw a rock at the window to get in. Three paintings valued at $3,000 each, two photos, $150 in cash, a few clothes and a professional camera were taken.
"I'm devastated it took a long time for that artist to do that work it's displayed for people to see," Duran said, "Not for someone to take."
Police say they can't do it all and suggest business owners do a better job of protecting themselves. Cameras, alarm systems, better glass--whatever it takes.
As a struggling artist, Duran says that kind of protection is pricey. Her insurance was cut off just a couple of weeks ago after a late payment.
"You do what you can, everyone falls on hard times," she said, "But taking stuff is not the answer."
Duran prides herself on keeping a local store and promoting local talent, but says the trust is gone in the area she once believed in.
"Definitely, it's going to be my priority to get the art back in the artists' hands," she said.
Anyone who sees these items or knows anything about the break-ins is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (505)-843-STOP.