ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An APD bait car stolen by two teens had its camera rolling as the thieves switched seats and crashed into an Albuquerque man's garage.
The crash happened Sunday, July 14, in the Four Hills neighborhood, but officers say the two picked up the car near Chico Avenue Northeast and Juan Tabo.
"We'd been having a lot of activity in that area so we put a car there," said APD NITe Sgt. Art Gamboa.
The teens were identified as Kyle Wallin, 18, and Killian Beebe, also 18.
Wallin told APD detectives the two had been drinking before ending up in that neighborhood.
"They were checking car doors and checking to see if they could find anything unlocked or open anything they could get into," Gamboa said.
According to officers, it was Wallin who first took the bait, opening the car door and looking around to see what was inside. He found the key and drove off to pick up Beebe.
"They're driving down the road, high-fiving, bragging that they just stole this car," said Gamboa.
The bait car's camera was rolling the whole time and captured their celebrations.
However, their cheers soon turned to fear when they realized they were being followed and that the car they were in may have been a little bit too easy to come by.
"Oh my god that's a cop, we're in a bait car," one of them can be heard saying.
It's at that point that the ride usually ends, but this video showed the guys were not ready to give themselves up.
As they continue to drive around, Wallin is heard pleading with Beebe to switch him seats and get behind the wheel.
"You gotta trade me spots, all right? If you don't, dude, I go to jail for about three months, dude," Wallin can be heard saying.
APD said Beebe did not want to switch seats and he encouraged Wallin to run from the officers.
Eventually, Wallin slides over onto Beebe's lap, forcing Beebe to get into the driver's seat.
"They did this all while the car was still moving," Gamboa said.
That maneuver did not end up working out well for the teens. On the video, one of them screams, "Stop, stop!" and then there is a loud crash.
APD said the teens crashed into an Albuquerque man's garage damaging the bait car, the garage door and the truck parked inside of it.
"Fortunately, it was one of our cars and it wasn't a citizen's car. They're over there crashing because a lot of times they'll crash cars and just take off running," said Gamboa.
Both teens are facing three felony charges including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, conspiracy and criminal damage to property.
During an interview with detectives after his arrest, Wallin summed up what lead to the evening in just a few words.
"Being idiots and being stupid," he said.
APD said it is rare that their bait cars are wrecked after being stolen.
It's not clear at this point if the car can be fixed or if it will cost more than it's worth. Gamboa said if the car cannot be fixed, police will take the equipment out and put it in another vehicle.
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