It’s bad enough to catch a burglar at your home, but imagine that burglar telling you off knowing he won’t be caught.
That’s what an Albuquerque couple says happened to them over the weekend after catching a burglar walking away from their backyard.
As the suspected burglar walked away, he told the couple, “It doesn’t matter, I’ve already got your stuff.”
The latest incident is just one of many for Brandy Patton and Stephanie Carrodegua. Patton says her truck has been broken into three times in the last month.
“It’s been a little bit frustrating,” said Patton.
That frustration hit a boiling point Saturday. As Patton and Carrodegua walked home from their downtown Mauger Bed & Breakfast business, the couple encountered a man walking away from their backyard.
“It just was extremely upsetting,” said Carrodegua. “It’s different than just waking up to your stuff missing.”
It happened at their home near 12th Street and Lomas Boulevard in downtown Albuquerque. Carrodegua says she and Patton immediately questioned the man as to what he was doing.
“He was like, ‘I’m walking away,’ and we were like, ‘Don’t come back in our property,'” said Carrodegua.
What the burglar said in response to the couple is what made the situation different.
“He’s like, ‘It doesn’t matter, I already got all your stuff,'” said Carrodegua. “That was really what set us off.”
The couple snapped photos of the man as he walked away. He flipped them the bird and kept walking. Because the man in the photos has not been charged with a crime, KRQE News 13 has blurred the man’s face in the images..
“Having somebody admit to it, and then just walk away and be like, ‘whatever,'” said Carrodegua.
The homeowners followed the man for a couple blocks while calling the police. However, dispatchers told the couple to back off and that they’d try to find the man later.
Albuquerque Police got back to the couple about 90 minutes after the encounter, but didn’t find the guy and requested that the couple fill out a report.
“Criminals that make a living on crime know that they can commit and be back on the street immediately,” said Carrodegua.
The couple doesn’t think the guy got away with any valuables Saturday. In the past month though, someone stole roughly $500 worth of medical equipment from their truck.
The couple now hopes the photos of the suspect can now help others to watch out.
“Especially if he’s walking around often,” said Carrodegua.
The couple says the suspect threatened them as he walked away, saying he had a gun. The couple never saw the man draw a weapon.
Photos show that the man was wearing a blue hat, a maroon tank top, and light-colored jeans with a black backpack.