Suspected thief takes his time stealing smoker off family’s property

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thieves usually want to get in-and-out without being captured on camera, but an Albuquerque family caught a man taking his sweet time on their property, just to walk away with one thing.

Saturday, a family who lives in the Four Hills neighborhood said a man pulled up to their home in broad daylight and stole a $300 smoker from the front yard.

“He pulls up and starts to slow down when he notices that I have my smoker on the front porch,” Quinn Wingerd said.

A smoker that was feet away from Wingerd’s front door.

Wingerd said that’s where he keeps it on days he has cookouts, but this incident has taught him a thing or two about thieves.

“You can’t leave anything visible, anywhere on your property, for people passing by to see,” Officer Fred Duran said.

Wingerd said people were home at the time, but none of that appeared to matter to the suspected thief. He didn’t try covering his face. He wasn’t in any hurry, and it was all for one $300 smoker.

“He kind of gives it a little look, a little check to see if it’s something he’s interested in. He starts to walk away and then rethinks his decision,” Wingerd said.

When the man came back the second time, he tried to lift the entire smoker and even dropped part of it. He made two different trips to the SUV and back in order to steal both pieces to the smoker. Police said the man is not your average thief.

“Normally, you see someone passing by the house two or three times. They usually take the property as fast as they can, get back to the vehicle and take off,” Officer Duran said.

The Albuquerque Police Department said although officers hardly get called out to the Four Hills neighborhood, thieves will go anywhere there’s something valuable to swipe.

“I think our only goal in really reporting it, is not to necessarily get the item back but to increase awareness for our neighborhood so that we can keep each other safe,” Wingerd said. 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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