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On February 2, 2017, the Albuquerque Journal and several news media outlets ran a news story in relation to recovered stolen items at the Northeast Area Command. In order for our command to accommodate those who believe we may have some of their items, we will be holding Walk In Hours to view the items our Detectives recovered. A police report is required in order to view those items.
Monday, February 6, 2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wanted: Owners Seeking Stolen Items
Courtesy of Albuquerque Journal Online
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police recovered up to $100,000 in stolen property in recent months and are trying to return it to the rightful owners.
On Thursday, police laid the items out at the Northeast substation in the hopes that people will see photographs of it and claim their stuff.
Many of them are sentimental, including piles of jewelry. There is a baby bracelet from 1972 with someone’s name on it. And a Zippo lighter from the Vietnam War era.
Piles of jewelry were among the items seized by police during a recent property crimes bust
Piles of jewelry were among the items seized by police during a recent property crimes bust.
“That probably belonged to someone’s grandfather,” said officer Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque police spokesman. “That’s the kind of stuff we want to get back to people, because it’s their most cherished memories.”
In total, Drobik estimated the stolen property is valued somewhere between $75,000 and $100,000.
One of the high-ticket items was a custom-made bike worth $20,000. Detectives were able to track down its owner via a GPS embedded in the bike’s crankshaft and return the bike to him.
“The guy was basically in tears,” Drobik said.
None of the unclaimed property, which includes kachina dolls and a $5,000 camera, has serial numbers, making it trickier for detectives to track down the rightful owners. In one of the burglaries, thieves stole an entire armoire full of jewelry.
“Only in Albuquerque,” Drobik said. “They don’t just take the jewelry; they take the entire armoire.”
At least three people were arrested in connection to the stolen property: Ross Baca, 34, Francis O’Brien, 35, and Kristara Terrazas, 29.