VIDEO: Kids wielding sticks, pipes chase car thieves away

Kids with pipe and sticks fight off Albuquerque car thieves (NBC News)

Albuquerque, New Mexico (KOB) – When thieves literally ripped into a southeast Albuquerque minister’s car right in front of her own church, they got the surprise of their lives.

Pint-sized, pipe-wielding super-kids came to the rescue, and there’s surveillance video to prove their heroics.

“They were waving, they were so mad,” said Minister Joanne Landry “They were pointing at the car.”

Just before 8 p.m. on Monday, Landry heard a roaring commotion outside her Interfaith Bible Church in the southeast Albuquerque Trumbull neighborhood.

She checked her security cameras.

“The kids from church!” she exclaimed, looking closer. “From the neighborhood!”

On her security cameras, Landry sees three little boys she’s known for years—standing next to her car. The soft-top of her Mustang is clearly ripped open in the video.

And the neighbor boys? They were armed.

“They had little pipes and sticks in their hands!” said Landry.

They were such good kids, standing next to her busted up car—outside their own church?

“We didn’t know what was happening,” she said.

Turns out, just five minutes before minister Landry sees 11-year-old Eddie Spottedbear waving a metal pipe on her security video, something else was happening to her convertible Mustang. Two hooded men were ripping into the soft top to break inside.

“We saw two guys standing near their car,” said 12-year-old Kahlil Panteah.

Kahlil, Eddie, and their friend Victor saw the two hooded figures messing with the car in the dark. Eddie turned to the others to say he was pretty sure they were watching a car theft.

“We didn’t believe him when he said they were breaking into the car,” said Kahlil. “Cause, that’s how he acts.”

The three Musketeers were faced with a big decision about right and wrong.

“Should we be the heroes?” asked Eddie. “Should we help them out?”

Victor suggested calling 911.

“I was kinda scared, but not that much,” Victor said with a laugh.

But who knew how long those thieves would stay. It was settled; all for one, and one for all.

“First of all we grabbed some bars, to defend ourselves if something went wrong,” said Kahlil.

Armed with sticks and metal rods, the boys ran at those would be thieves, who immediately lost their courage and fled.

“I just cried,” said Landry, remembering the moment she realized the kids were heroes. “I just said, these kids, they’re so brave, and courageous.”

Landry’s car has been broken into three times now.

“They ripped the top,” she said. “Then he goes and he jumps in and gets stuck.”

It’s been a nightmare for some time.

The neighborhood looks out for Landry’s church, but things keep getting stolen here.

It’s a sore subject for kids and adults alike. Awhile back the neighborhood association even installed some solar lights on poles for neighborhood safety—those got stolen too.

But thanks to three boys who faced the unknown, one less car will leave this neighborhood in the wrong hands.

“I feel very accomplished,” Kahlil said, with a smile.

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