ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Laser light projectors are flying off store shelves, but they’re also flying out of people’s yards across the country, including right here in Albuquerque.
They’ve been a hot holiday decoration over the last few years, shining all sorts of shapes and colors at homes. Laser lights make for a fun and easy display and Lowe’s says they’re a best seller.
Unfortunately, Christmas crooks are just as interested in laser lights as consumers. Throughout the nation, thieves are stealing the projectors.
“Very compact…easy to steal. Just unplug them and walk away,” Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik said.
Just early Tuesday morning in Albuquerque, a home was hit in the Heights near Eubank and Spain, and it was all caught on surveillance camera.
The thief casually walked up the driveway, unplugged two laser lights and walked away.
KRQE News 13 spoke with the homeowner, who asked to remain anonymous. He said the thief also hit his neighbor’s home, taking another laser light projector.
The homeowner says he paid about $50 total for his laser lights, but some sell for upwards of $100 a piece.
“This is about the low-life, ‘Grinchiest’ thing you can do,” Officer Drobik said. “You would just hope that people wouldn’t rip each other off during Christmas time, but there are dirtbags out there that are going to do this.”
The homeowner called it a said situation and the thief a selfish person out to ruin the neighborhood’s Christmas cheer. He did say he’s already bought replacement laser lights but plans to better secure them this time around.
The Albuquerque Police Department suggests placing Christmas decorations up high or in a place where they’re not easily reachable.