ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a brazen burglary and a boneheaded one. Three thieves who look like an over-the-hill boy band in their brightly colored outfits ransacked a home in broad daylight, going in and out of the house more times than a moving company.
But what they didn’t know is they were caught on tape.
“I came home to lunch and as I pulled in, I could see my front door was open,” Don Menning said. “I go ‘uh oh, that ain’t right.’ ”
Don Menning wasn’t expecting any visitors.
Until a guy in a bright outfit showed up unannounced last Thursday.
“He stood around ringing the bell and looking in the window,” Menning said, after looking at his home surveillance system.
And he didn’t come alone, he brought some friends.
“Then we had a woman coming up the walk here,” Menning said. “These are pretty arrogant people that have no respect for property or alarm systems or video cameras.”
Turns out, they’re no friends – they’re burglars.
Menning says they shattered his kitchen window, climbed in and then the looting began.
“There were several antique crossbows and stone bows,” Menning said. “And then there was a lot of flint lock pistols and rifles.”
Menning says the thieves took a knife collection, too, valued at around $1,000.
There was a third member of these colorful crooks. He was spotted on camera sporting a bright purple track suit.
At one point, he goes back for more stuff.
“They came in and spent their nine minutes stealing all my stuff,” Menning said. “It’s a real invasion of your privacy.”
Menning says the trio got away before police showed up. He’s hoping his pictures and video put them behind bars.
In the meantime, he says his normally quiet neighborhood near Gibson and Girard could use a few more cops.
“A little presence might be somewhat of a deterrent.”
Albuquerque police say there’s been at least one report of someone going door-to-door in that same neighborhood this week posing as an employee of what is actually a fake company.