LOS RANCHOS de ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for two burglars who terrorized a North Valley community in September.
It happened on the 18th around 3:30 a.m. Deputies were called to the quiet and serene Los Poblanos Orchards neighborhood off of Rio Grande near Montano for a prowler.
Deputies arrived to find multiple cars with doors and trunks open and locks damaged. According to a report, while they were on scene and looking for the burglars, a car alarm started going off across the neighborhood. Then, a loud bang was heard.
Turns out, a gunshot was fired into the house where the car alarm was going off.
A witness saw a white, four door diesel truck speeding out of the area, but deputies weren’t able to locate it.
KRQE News 13 spoke with that homeowner whose house was shot at off-camera. She was fearful for her life and didn’t want to be identified. She said what happened was terrifying.
Nearby neighbor, LouAnne Byrd, said the incident also put her on edge and made her angry because she’s felt safe in this community, until now.
“Yeah that’s pretty scary,” Byrd said. “That’s different than just your normal little creeps.”
KRQE News 13 also spoke with the neighbor who supplied surveillance video to BCSO of the criminals. The crooks, who can be seen in the doorbell camera, walked up to their porch and tried to enter their home – you can hear the door handle click on the tape. They then take off running and presumably continue burglarizing cars in the area.
Like the other homeowners, these residents were also fearful to reveal their identities. They said it was frightening to know that the two men – one who can be seen with a gun in his waistband – tried to enter their house while they were asleep inside.
“I know that these families are feeling very stressed,” Deputy Felicia Romero with BCSO said. “They’re very concerned that these people might come back and re-victimize them.”
Romero said the burglars were quick in committing the crimes, and have likely done this before and will do it again.
The truck description and the surveillance video are the best evidence deputies have, as they say they’ve exhausted all other resources to find out who the two men are. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 505-314-0135.
In total, about $2,000 worth of damage was done and property was taken that night.