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Woman says would-be thieves broke into home as family was sleeping

Brittany Costello
December 15, 2017 10:35 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A northwest Albuquerque woman says she was the victim of a brazen break-in, the suspects entering her family's home when they were asleep.


Frances Draper said her husband was at home sleeping when two people broke through a window last Friday.

Draper’s neighbor told her she saw two teens hopping the fence to her home before running off. As it turns out, the neighbor believes surveillance video at a different home on a different street caught those same teens ringing someone’s door bell.

Other than a broken window screen sitting in the grass, there's not much noticeable damage to Draper’s home. She said the would-be thieves entered her through her grandson’s window while she was at work.

“People work hard to get what they have and they need to go to work if they want something,” she said.

Draper said her husband was home when two people broke in. She said she believes when they discovered him sleeping, they were spooked and ran off.

“They ran right back out and my next door neighbor saw them jumping the fence,” Draper said.

The neighbor says she didn't recognize the teens until she saw a video posted on the NextDoor app showing the same two kids she believes she noticed.

In the video, two teens can be seen walking up to a home and ring the doorbell. They mumble something about the security camera, then begin to walk off.

Draper has a theory.

“I just imagine that they rang the doorbell here, but there was no car so they assumed no one was home,” she said.

Incidentally, the home next door to Draper was also broken into. The footprint left when someone tried to kick the door down is still visible.

In the backyard, the window to the backdoor is shattered. That home, though, was vacant at the time. As for whoever is casing her neighborhood, Draper said she hopes someone will come forward.

“Thinking about my own grandkids, if they did something like that, I would turn them in – number one, because they need to pay for what they do,” she said.




Brittany Costello

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