Flat tires hitting neighborhood, wallets

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Someone is taking out tires in an Albuquerque neighborhood and whoever is behind it, isn’t using typical tools.

“We got five of them here that didn’t make it,” Robert Valdez said. “These are just some of them that haven’t ended up on the tires.”

People driving through the Alamosa neighborhood in southwest Albuquerque, near Bridge and Old Coors, be on the lookout.

“I’ve been caught, my neighbor has been caught, the neighbor down the street has been caught,” Valdez said.

They have been caught by metal wires bent into hooks that get stuck in your tire, giving you a flat.

Valdez lives just across the street from Alamosa Elementary school. He says as parents come to pick up their kids, they run over the devices in the street, usually near the curb.

“They’ll just keep on carrying them down the street,” Valdez said.

In the short time KRQE News 13 was out there Monday, neighbors picked up a handful of wires. Another neighbor says he picked up close to 40 last week alone.

Valdez has a theory on why it’s happening.

“We think the tire shops down Coors are trying to drum up business,” Valdez said. “It’s going to cost you at least $10 to get a flat fixed.”

That is if it can even be fixed.

It’s a problem Valdez says has been going on for months.

“Sometimes you’ve got to look out in the driveway before you go out, just to go to work,” Valdez said.

He says that’s a big hassle, so he’s urging everyone to keep an eye out so tires and wallets don’t take a hit.

As for Valdez’s theory, it’s just that, speculation. Albuquerque Police say that officers are on the lookout for whoever is behind this.

City Council member Klarissa Peña, who also lives near the school, says she went to police after finding some of the hooks. She says they told her they haven’t seen anything quite like this before.

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