Thief caught on camera stealing La Waffleria employee's purse
May 15, 2018 10:25 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An employee working at a busy breakfast spot says she feels violated after someone stole her belongings.
The victim, Kateri Tenorio, said she put her purse in the same place every day for almost a year while working at La Waffleria in Nob Hill. Everything was stolen Tuesday morning, including her purse and the car she uses to take her children to school.
"It's a very traumatizing experience. Defining violating," she said. "You know all I could think about my kids, my identity, all my personal, everything personal to me was in my purse and in my car."
On surveillance video, a man is seen walking into La Waffleria. Moments later, he's around the employee only area and takes a purse off the wall.
"He had no business back there, and you know from the other video I feel like he knew what he was doing," Tenorio said. "And he was scoping out for quite a while because I even encountered him a few times in the hallway.
"I went through the whole restaurant. I went to the restrooms. I even went outside at a certain point and I looked in the garbage. I noticed that a different car was parked in my parking spot where I had parked this morning and that's when I realized that it was. My purse was gone and my car was gone."
Tenorio, a single mother of four, said she just got that car a year ago after saving up. She needs it to take her kids to school and drive to her other job.
"I thought I was going to faint. Everything around me just got dark and I just felt lost," Tenorio said.
Tenoria said police have found her car and it's in a tow yard. She said so far, it doesn't seem like there's been any damage. There is no word yet on her purse.
Updated: May 15, 2018 10:25 PM
Created: May 15, 2018 08:58 PM
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