Vandals steal van from Albuquerque business, use it to smash in door at another

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)-  It wasn’t a typical heist. A thief in a company van was caught on video trying to rob a business.

“They just backed a stolen van right into the front door,” said Jim Costa the owner of Yearwood Performance Center on Eubank.

Monday morning, Costa arrived to quite a mess at his Eubank location. While looking back at video surveillance, he saw two people: one keeping lookout and another using a van with another businesses name on the side smashing into his front door.

“It looked like an earthquake happened, there was just stuff flying everywhere,” said Costa.

He has surveillance from several different angles. Costa says the first video shows one of the two people using a crow bar to try and break into the back door.

“They realized they couldn’t get in the back door, they came and tried to open the front door,” said Costa.

He said the impact from the van hitting his front door, made a wall inside shift four inches.

“There was glass everywhere the doors were busted open,” said Costa.

But, the vandals didn’t only cause damage to his store, they stole the van from a business on San Mateo called Shamrock’s Discount Janitor Supply.

“Our gate had been broken into and one of our delivery vans was gone,” said Laura Holt the owner of Shamrock’s.

She said an employee noticed the damage when they arrived to work Monday morning.

“It looks like paint is chipped, and the locks are out,” she said while showing KRQE News 13 the stolen van that was returned to her Tuesday.

She said the glass from Yearwood’s front door- when the vandals struck there building- is still in the back lift gate of the van.

“It’s embarrassing,” said Holt.

She said the fact that her business’s name is all over the van in surveillance video while vandals committed a crime makes the situation so difficult.

“Very frustrating, you work so hard to create a name for yourself, it’s like what do we need to get, to do, to help the police officers to get these crimes to come to a stop,” said Holt.

A spokesperson for Albuquerque police said the van was processed by CSI and if any evidence was found, they said it will be passed on to detectives. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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