ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s a lot more than trash and junk, in what’s become a northeast Albuquerque dumping ground. Police found some very expensive stolen goods there, underneath a pedestrian bridge.
The area where the stolen items were found is somewhat tucked away, hidden behind a school. It’s not clear exactly who is putting stuff there, but Tuesday afternoon, police were able to locate at least one victim.
Children’s clothes are scattered all over, graffiti, trash, and broken beer bottles. Among the rubbish, was a high-dollar stolen bike and an electric scooter.
“They’ve been stolen and dumped there at that area maybe for somebody to come back and pick up later or just dumped in general,” said officer Simon Drobik, of the Albuquerque Police Department.
The bike and scooter were found behind Freedom High School near San Mateo and Interstate 40, tucked away under a pedestrian bridge.
Police learned late Tuesday, the Specialized bike is worth about $5,000. “We do come across a lot of stolen property, and a lot of it ends up down in evidence sitting down there, waiting for somebody to claim it,” explained Drobik.
In this case, officers were able to reunite the relieved victim with his bike and scooter after he reported a break-in Tuesday afternoon.
People who live near the pedestrian bridge, said the mess is a non-stop problem. “The city does a good job about cleaning this area up, but it doesn’t take very long before its back,” said Brian Roggy.
Roggy said he’s seen everything from couches, mattresses, to shopping carts and bikes there.
What appears to be kid’s homework with Monday’s date also sits among the litter.
Ten-year-old Ariana Alvarado and her sister Sara said they frequently see people coming and going from under the bridge. “I see lots of junk, and one time I saw a man walking with like lots of bags going under the bridge,” said Alvarado.
Police aren’t sure if people are staying there overnight or if it’s just a place used to dump things. Once it’s cleaned up, neighbors said they’d like to see it stay clean.
Police said they have a stockpile of stolen property that they haven’t been able to return to victims. They want people to know about a free service to register any items people might care about that’ll allow police to quickly find the rightful owners if property gets stolen. People can register their items with a serial number, or with just a photo and description.
The city’s solid waste department was called Tuesday to clean up the area under that pedestrian bridge.