Police searching for burglary suspects in similar cases

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque neighborhood is getting nervous after two separate burglaries were caught on camera – and it may be the same guy at work.

“I intend to find a new place to live because whenever this happens twice, it doesn’t really feel like home anymore,” Neil Werbelow said. “It’s kind of scary.”

Imagine watching a stranger rummaging through your home. Neil Werbelow had a front row seat.

“I decided to invest in a security camera. Sure enough, I was sitting at work and it detected motion and sent me the video.”

An old iPhone of his live-streaming a man stealing a TV, bike and bunch of other stuff Tuesday afternoon at his home near Lomas and Washington.

The burglar then realizes he’s being watched.

“It doesn’t feel good,” Werbelow said.

The bill is already racking up for the missing items.

“It’s roughly $3,000 at the moment.”

Just a week ago, there was a very similar picture a few blocks away near Lomas and Morningside.

A homeowner’s security camera picked up a guy bustling through his backyard. He stole $5,000 worth of stuff while the homeowner was also at work. In some of the still images taken from that video, a gun can be seen in his hand and on the ground.

Now, neighbors and even local businesses are on high alert.

“To have stuff like this happening while were open and people are here, it’s kind of concerning,” Jespah Torres said. Torres runs a nearby tattoo shop.

“I guess a little bit of the activity from Central has crept over this way over the last 5 years.”

That’s prompted changes.

“We’ve installed lights because of that,” Torres said.

Similarly, Werbelow believes it’s better to be proactive than reactive. His advice? Invest in some kind of security system.

“It’s worth the money,” Werbelow said. “There’s not much you can do to prevent this from happening but this is just another step.”

Both of those bad guys appear to be pretty thin with thick eyebrows, a mustache and big ears. It’s not quite clear, though, if it’s the same guy in each break in.

Police said they are following leads in the first burglary, the one on Lomas and Morningside, but they haven’t named a suspect.

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