Teens caught on camera chucking rocks into homes, car

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of teens were caught on camera, hurdling rocks into homes and a car in a northwest Albuquerque neighborhood early Wednesday morning.

Jessica Tafoya can’t understand why her house was targeted, jolting her awake at 3:19 in the morning.

The surveillance video cameras on her home captured the entire thing. A car rolls up on Galley Ave. and several teens get out. A girl throws a rock into Tafoya’s living room window, another kid pegs her company car that was parked curbside.

On the other side of the car, more teens throw rocks at the neighbor’s house. It doesn’t appear they did any damage.

“Sound asleep, heard a loud glass break,” Tafoya recalls to KRQE News 13. “It woke me and the dogs up.”

Her house is just north of I-40, east of Unser.

“I walk through the hallway, turn on the light, and that’s when I saw glass everywhere in the living room,” she said.

The incident was scary and frustrating, she said.

“You know, like, is this a random thing? You guys are just bored? You guys feel like you have to do damage to other people’s properties?” she said, wondering why the teens did it.

Tafoya says she can’t think of a motive for the vandalism. Tafoya is a single woman with no kids, just dogs.

“They shouldn’t have any business being out this late,” she said about the kids. “And the other thing too is, where are the parents?”

Neighbors told News 13 they’d be upset if it happened to them.

“I just don’t know why they would want to do that to other people, it seemed like in that video they were happy they go to do that,” Joshau Serna, a nearby neighbor said.

Another neighbor, Ryan B., said the neighborhood is mostly quiet, with the exception of a few minor crimes, including people breaking into cars.

“I know a while back we had the mailboxes getting broken into,” Ryan B. said.

Tafoya just hopes this doesn’t happen again, and that whoever threw the rock into her home is caught.

“The one thing that I did notice, that the vehicle had a missing [hubcap] on the driver’s side, so that’s a key factor right there to look out for,” she said.

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