APD investigating string of possible connected burglaries in SE ABQ neighborhood
May 19, 2018 09:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It's become a bit of a frustrating unnerving reality for neighbors in southeast Albuquerque, as a string of homes have recently been burglarized.
Police say there have been 10 residential burglaries in the Parkland Hills neighborhood over the last two weeks, and residents say they believe it's the same suspect.
"He comes onto the front porch, he rings the doorbell and he stands here on the front porch and waits to see if anybody answers the door," Daryl Nieto said.
He's describing a man that could be seen standing outside his home and then shuffling through his backyard, entered via the gate.
The man can be seen on surveillance footage checking windows, trying to kick down a door and eventually picking up some gardening tools.
"You can see him using my gardening shears to cut a hole right there through the door," Nieto said.
He said the man couldn't get through the security door due to a lock that requires a key on both sides. At that point, the man can be seen walking off-camera with more gardening tools, but Nieto said he was using them to pry the bars off the window.
That window was unlatched.
"As soon as I got home, my front door was wide open, and I walked into my house (where) every drawer had been opened," Nieto said. "There was stuff strewn everywhere. So it was very obvious I had been broken into."
He said surveillance footage also shows the man walking out with his TV and other valuables, not the least of which was a necklace holding his mother's ashes.
"It's infuriating," Nieto said. "It's very angering to have somebody come into your home and take your things and walk right out of your front door with them, absolutely."
In all, $7,300 worth of property was gone.
Albuquerque Police say officers are looking for a 1996 GMC Sierra pickup connected to a burglary earlier this month in which two guns were stolen. A truck matching that same description was also caught on Nieto's camera parked down the street from his home.
"It made me feel very anxious and I felt like my security was at stake, you know?" he said. "I had never felt that lack of safety before."
Updated: May 19, 2018 09:26 PM
Created: May 19, 2018 08:31 PM
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