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Burglar caught breaking into vehicle in one minute

Brittany Costello
April 30, 2018 07:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – How long does it take for a crook to crack a car window? One Albuquerque visitor learned her car was broken into and items were stolen in a one-minute time frame.


A Clovis woman said she drove to a friend’s house in Albuquerque Saturday night, by morning her window was smashed.

While Cyndi Nguyen was sleeping, criminals were out lurking. Surveillance video captured a hooded figured walking to her car, undeterred by motion detecting lights, with some sort of tool in hand.

A few moments later, the passenger side glass window is simply folded over. He doesn't bother unlocking the door, instead jumping right in.

"The first thing when I saw the glass on the floor I was thinking 'oh no,'" Nguyen said. "'Oh my gosh, someone has broken into my car' and it’s just like devastating.”

She was in town from Clovis for her daughter’s sorority event. While her car wasn't taken the thief did get away with a few of her possessions, including sunglasses and her son's wet swim trunks. The thief only took about a minute to do it.

"If you're a criminal and that's your only goal then you're probably going to get good at it,” said Trish Hoffman, founder of Women against Crime.

For Hoffman, that minute-long getaway time is no real shock. The good news, Hoffman said, is that this happened while Nguyen was safe inside.

"The best thing I can tell you is don't leave any personal property in your car because you then become not as good of a target," she said.

While Nguyen isn't only worried about her property, she said after calling the police she discovered she was not the only victim in that southeast Albuquerque near Solano Drive.

"The cops came and he told us there were 20 break-ins that night," Nguyen said.

If you recognize that man you are asked to call police at (505) 242-COPS. Hoffman said the best thing you can do if you see someone looking in windows or breaking into a vehicle is be a good witness, do not approach and call the police.


Brittany Costello

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