Albuquerque woman tracks down suspected burglar

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman tracked down the man suspected of stealing from her home and found she wasn’t the only victim.

“They used something to bust open this and just unlock the door,” said Bethany Baca, showing a KRQE crew the back door to her home.

She showed KRQE News 13 last week how burglars broke into her home near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE and I-25, and then a phone app connected to her stolen laptop pointed to the building right next door.

“My house is right there where my phone is coming out of and then my laptop is coming out of from inside that building,” Baca said.

Police couldn’t recover it, so she spent time doing her own research.

“A scary amount of time. Hours, maybe? No, definitely hours,” she said. “I spent a lot of time.”

It worked.

“Oh, look. There’s my TV,” Baca said, pointing to a laptop.

She said Anthony Balderrama was selling her stolen stuff on Facebook.

She said Balderrama worked in security for the long-term care hospital next door and patrolled by her home several times a day.

“On Sunday evening, he posted it again, and I called the cops again. This time we got Ofc. Galvan, who is amazing,” Baca said.

Albuquerque Police went looking for Balderrama at an apartment near Central and Louisiana. Not only did they find him, they also found the stolen TV and the guitars.

Baca and her roommates got them back and Balderrama spent the night in jail.

A criminal complaint showed Balderrama confessed to taking them, saying “he had caught his baby’s mother using heroin while home with his son” and that “he had gone crazy.”

KRQE News 13 tried to reach him to ask about it but got no response.

Baca’s search online also turned up a projector that had gone missing from the hospital where Balderrama worked.

“I notified them,” Baca said. “I let them know I’d found it.”

While she didn’t get all her stuff back, she said it was time well spent.

“A lot of my family members said that I should probably become a detective,” Baca said.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the CEO of AMG Specialty Hospital to see if someone is looking into whether Balderrama may have stolen anything else from there, or even from the patients there.

She wouldn’t comment.

Balderrama no longer works with AMG Specialty Hospital.

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