ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A home surveillance camera caught armed thieves kicking down the door of a North Valley home, claiming they were Albuquerque police officers serving a search warrant.
It happened Friday morning at Nicole Abreu’s home near Osuna and Vista Del Norte.
On surveillance video captured by Abreu’s Nest camera in her living room, you can hear the doorbell ring several times before two loud thumps.
One of the men can be heard saying, “APD! We’ve got a search warrant!”
At least one of the men appears to be armed with a handgun.
The video shows the men walking through the home, taking an iPad and other valuables. At one point they seem to notice the camera while grabbing her television.
Abreu says she never thought that when she purchased a camera to keep tabs on her dog while she’s at work, that it would catch two men breaking into her home.
“It’s one of those things where you get them and you kind of just ignore them,” Abreu said. “I’m glad I wasn’t home.”
Another surveillance camera from a neighbor got a shot of the car they believe was the getaway car. It’s a black, older model Lexus sedan.
Since the break-in, Abreu has installed a motion sensor doorbell and a security system and is even looking at getting a storm door.
APD says what concerns them the most in this case isn’t that they were claiming to be officers, but the fact that they were armed.
“These quote unquote non-violent property crime offenders are getting more and more brazen and more and more and more violent. They’re arming themselves and becoming more and more dangerous and now you can see it on video,” said APD public information officer Tanner Tixier.