Police officer, Good Samaritan pitch in to help auto burglary victim


An Albuquerque woman was blind-sided when she picked up her child from daycare and thieves broke into her car.

APD was short handed and took awhile to respond, but on Tuesday, they’re making up for it.

It happened at a parking lot next to a daycare center off Montano and Coors Monday night. Witnesses told police they saw a man break into the car with his elbow and take the woman’s purse.

Police say it took them awhile to respond, but they still wanted to help her out.

“She told me she had been waiting for us for over two hours to get there and we’re so shorthanded that I explained to her the situation and I apologized,” said APD Patrolman Ladio Canales. “After taking her report I felt like there was more I wanted to do.”

Along with the woman’s purse, she had her groceries in the car. Since it was a hot day, those groceries went bad while she waited for officers.

So, Officer Canales got $150 in gift cards from Walmart and Smiths to replace the spoiled food, but that’s not all. The officer also got her a gift card to Olive Garden and Chick-Fil-A to take her daughter out to a nice meal.

Another Good Samaritan stepped up and offered to pay to replace the woman’s broken windshield.

“We’re hoping that more people step up and see what they have in life and see all the blessings they do have and share those blessings with others because ultimately that’s priceless,” said TJ Chavez, who replaced the windshield.

“Blessings from God, honestly,” said Tinikia Williams. “Can’t say enough, I can’t thank them enough, they’ve just gone above and beyond the call of duty on both ends.”

Police say there aren’t any surveillance cameras at the day care, but an eyewitness told them they saw a man on a motorcycle get away with her purse.

Williams says she’s thankful her daughter wasn’t around when it happened, and hopes the suspect will change his life choices.

The woman’s purse was found Tuesday afternoon. It was returned to her but she says a few items are missing.

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