ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of neighbors in a gated southwest Albuquerque community are fed up with criminals targeting their cars. Now, the crooks have been caught on camera.
“They went basically from car to car all the way up the street,” Timothy Rusk, who has surveillance video of the mob, said.
Rusk’s video, taken early Wednesday morning, shows the group gallivanting up and down the roads of gated neighborhood The Orchards at Anderson Heights.
“[They] checked every door; if it was locked, moved on to the next car,” Rusk said.
The group of criminals appear to be teenagers.
Rusk installed the cameras outside of his home only months ago after his neighbors’ vehicles kept getting hit. Now, he finally captured the criminals on camera.
“It’s really shocking,” neighbor Gabrielle Mora said when KRQE News 13 showed her the video.
Mora said she hasn’t been victimized, but KRQE News 13 found out that at least one of her immediate neighbors has.
“The glovebox was open, papers hanging out, that’s how I found my car,” Marie Medina, whose car was broken into a few weeks ago, said.
“A little frustrating, because you know, we live in this neighborhood – gated neighborhood,” Rusk said.
But Medina no longer believes in the security of a gated neighborhood.
“Once the gate is open, once a car comes through, it doesn’t shut behind each car,” she said. “So anybody can just drive in, walk in.”
It’s unclear if the criminals are outsiders or people who live in The Orchards at Anderson Heights. Either way, though, these neighbors want them to knock it off and hope the HD security camera footage can help do that.
“I want them to be caught,” Medina said.
APD has received at least four police reports for auto burglary since Oct. 1. Police are aware of the video and the burglary problem, and are looking into it.
APD says you should never leave your car unlocked or leave valuable items in your car, including your garage door opener.