Vandal seen in surveillance cam slip-up

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Man tries repeatedly to break surveillance camera

A vandal’s attempt at breaking a surveillance camera turned into a comedy of errors, all captured on video by the same camera he was trying to break.

Surveillance video captures a man breaking into the Lucero Community Center in Española in a recent string of vandalism cases. The intruder immediately spots the eyes on him.

“As you see in the video, he realizes that there’s cameras inside, so at that point, he covers his face with what appears to be a bandana,” said Detective Solomon Romero of the Española Police Department.

The vandal then climbs onto a basketball rack with wheels on it to break the camera. He’s then seen losing his balance and falling to the floor, slipping on the soccer and basketballs that just spilled out of the rack.

“A lot of times they really don’t think about what they’re doing, you know he’s right in camera’s view,” said Romero.

But the vandal isn’t done. He starts throwing soccer balls at the camera, but misses, and misses again. The pieces seen flying in the surveillance video are actually pieces of the ceiling tiles he was breaking.

The man eventually hits the target on his third try. Police said he then tore through offices, pulled out filing cabinets, punched holes in walls, and busted windows, causing about $10,000 in damage.

“They come in and they ransack the offices, really don’t take anything, and then the damage is really, is intense,” said Andrew Herrera, with the Lucero Community Center.

Herrera said it’s happened before, and he wants it to stop.

Española Police said nothing was stolen in this case, just trashed, which leads them to believe the same troublemaker in the video may also be in another surveillance video, ripping apart computers inside a non-profit agency that helps the disabled.

Police believe the vandal in this case had a partner in the crime. The community center now has an improved security system.

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