ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than a dozen break-ins in the last three months sound like a lot, and businesses in northeast Albuquerque say they’re tired of dealing with the same problem over and over.
Gabriel Maldonado works at AAMCO. He said his bike was stolen out of the shop Monday morning. It turns out multiple items have been stolen from this business and those surrounding it.
"It was my dream bike since it came out in 2010. I got it two years ago, and it’s just frustrating,” Maldonado said. “Something you work hard for, just for it to get taken like that.”
This isn’t the first time he’s been frustrated after a break-in at that AAMCO location.
"Three gentlemen jumping in through the garage door broke the window and with bolt cutters, cut open the door and just opened it, and dragged my bike out," Maldonado said.
That bike is worth $10,000. The window has been boarded up. The area is surrounded by security cameras.
"It’s definitely frustrating, you know? You do what you can to secure the premises, secure the building secure the cars, and you know they just keep on coming back," Maldonado said.
It’s common not just to this business, but a number of others on Lomas.
"Another guy down the road came up," Maldonado said. "They were just moving some appliances in and out of the building, and someone walked in and stole one guy all his tools. Came here to try and sell us tools."
Maldonado said the cycle keeps going and needs to stop. The business says they’re working every day on coming up with better ways to keep the area secure.
"I’m sure it happened to other people several times. It’s frustrating, you know? Do what you can to secure the building and it doesn’t help," he said.