Thieves steal $13,000 of New Mexico community college teacher’s equipment

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Central New Mexico Community College teacher said thieves stole more than $13,000 worth of his film equipment.

“They just peeled out and took off very fast and they were gone,” said James Perkins. “It was so fast it was insane.”

Perkins, a part time film instructor at CNM, said he was outside his Albuquerque home in the Heights last week.

He said he got in and started his 1999 Tahoe. When his garage door wouldn’t shut, he got out of his SUV to try and fix it.

That’s when a brazen duo jumped into his car.

“I was faced away, so when I turned around they were in the truck and gone,” said Perkins.

Out of nowhere, Perkins said the thieves, who had on baggy jeans and hoodies, got into his SUV and drove off.

“We drove after them to see what we could find and we haven’t seen anything since,” he said.

More than $13,000 worth of film equipment was inside Perkin’s vehicle.

“Cameras, lights, tripods, a light stand, you know heavy, heavy equipment that you can’t go and buy at Wal-mart,” he said. “It has taken me about 10 years to mass all of this equipment together and so I basically just lost a good 10 years of my life.”

Perkins teaches several classes at CNM including a props and a sound and editing class.

In his spare time, he creates short films.

“I am not a millionaire. Filmmakers are not millionaires. We are workers. You know, we are low class and we do it because we love it,” said Perkins.

Perkins said he won’t let a couple of thieves change that.

“I keep going. You have those downfalls when you want to quit and give up and stop making film because it is a rigorous awful thing sometimes, but I can’t. I can’t give it up,” he said.

Perkins also donates his time and film equipment to the Bernalillo High School theater program to help teach kids about the industry.

He has filed a police report.

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