Westside crook caught on camera checking doormats for keys


Residents in one Albuquerque neighborhood are feeling uneasy after surveillance cameras caught a man searching every single doorstep.

In the age of technology, this burglar’s thinking was pretty basic. He went looking for spare keys to get inside someone’s house and it’s put some westside neighbors on high alert.

Thankfully, the key crook couldn’t find any keys.

However, residents living near Unser and Ladera were still disturbed to see him on their surveillance cameras Saturday morning.

“We saw this man walking up to our door and we have three different doormats and he looked under every single one,” said Andrea Eddy, who caught the crook on camera.

Neighbors believe the man, who was reportedly driving an older model black Dodge pickup, was casing the neighborhood with a very specific target in mind.

“I think he was looking for keys,” Eddy said. 

“I think what he was doing was possibly looking for keys, maybe to come back at a later time,” said Randy Leslie, Neighborhood Watch block captain.

Leslie says the crook hit every house on the block during the 2 a.m. spree.

It’s another brazen criminal who either didn’t pay attention or just didn’t care about all the warning signs, surveillance cameras and security around the neighborhood.    

“What’s he going to do next, you know?” Leslie questioned. “Is he going to try to break into somebody’s house, and if he does, you know, what’s he gonna be up against?”

“If someone did have a key under their mat how often do you look for those? You don’t unless you need it,” Eddy said. “So someone could have a key missing, he’s got it and he’s going to go break into their house when they’re not home or gosh, even worse, when they are home.”

Neighbors say they lucked out because as far as they know, he didn’t find any keys.

Albuquerque Police says when it comes to spare keys, give it to a neighbor rather than hiding it. They say the most common places crooks search for keys are under a mat, in a flower pot, over the door and in the carport.

If you have any information on who the suspect is, contact 242-COPS.

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