Vandalism at Albuquerque businesses may be linked to previous crime

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Vandals have been hitting one part of southwest Albuquerque recently and some residents believe the crimes are related to other acts of vandalism.

Businesses’ surveillance video shows four teenagers who some neighbors believe are behind the etching on windows at the Western View diner.

“I know at night they wander around in the parking lots and in the area, looking in the cars and just finding things,” said Patricia Vega, Waitress at Western View.

KRQE News 13 spoke to another person who wants to remain anonymous. She says the etching resembles graffiti on public art pieces around town.

Albertson’s was also targeted, in addition to a Smith’s gas station nearby.

Now people are worried this crime will hurt their business.

“It doesn’t give you a four-star rating that’s for sure,” said Vega.

Fixing the damage won’t come cheap. “It’s going to cost us thousands of dollars,” said Vega.

As of now, police are trying to figure out who these kids are and what they were up to in the surveillance video. However, the teens are not officially accused of anything yet.

Workers from the Western View Diner just want one thing. “I think they need to be locked up. I think they need to be given some tough love,” said Vega.

One of the teens posted on Facebook about the vandalism; he commented “HaHa.”

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