Cameras capture armed young burglar breaking into neighborhood cars


Surveillance video from a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood shows what appears to be a young burglar breaking into cars while armed with a handgun. 

“I mean he looked like middle schooler, a high schooler,” said Alexis Hassley.  

A neighbor, Hassley found out about the burglary Friday after other neighbors posted about it on Nextdoor website.  

“I don’t know how someone that age would come upon a gun that they could just walk freely,” said Hassley. 

After seeing messages about the burglar, Hassley and her fiance, Rafael Tigay, checked their surveillance cameras to find the burglar was also on their property near Eubank and Candelaria. 

“We saw him walk up to our vehicles and he pulled door handles on both of our vehicles,” said Hassley. 

Surveillance cameras captured the images around 2 a.m. Friday. 

“The motion light didn’t seem to faze him very much,” said Tigay. 

Video shows the burglar tried to open the doors to their sedan and truck. The burglar stood his ground, even as the bright outdoor light shined on him. 

Another neighbor’s surveillance camera captured the burglar rifling through the center console of a car. The victim says the burglar only took an old empty wallet and a stick of deodorant. 

Regardless of what the man stole, neighbors say it’s concerning to see the young-looking burglar holding a gun while trying to get into cars. 

“Stealing something so needless isn’t really about what they stole, it’s about who they are,” said Hassley. 

They’re sharing the video hoping to keep other neighbors alert of what looks like a dangerous situation. 

“Know your neighbors and look out for each other,” said Hassley. 

Neighbors say they’ve reported the burglar to police. 

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