Vandalism ‘worst’ one city worker has seen

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s been a lot of anger towards the Albuquerque Police Department following the string of police shootings, most recently the death of a homeless man in the foothills.

Things boiled over at the City Council meeting last night and overnight, someone targeted APD substations.

“It’s pretty wild. There’s just a lot of work.”

It’s been one busy day for Robert Rael.

“20 years I’ve been here and it’s probably the worst I’ve seen,” Rael said.

He’s no stranger to cleaning up graffiti and he’s been running around all day cleaning up Albuquerque Police Department substations like the one at Broadway near Bridge.

“Today, I used 1,300 gallons of water,” Rael said. “That’s a lot of water.”

It wasn’t the only one hit overnight.

The Triangle Park Substation in Nob Hill got a new paint job too. The crews there power washed it away.

There was another mess at Central and Rio Grande.

The fourth and final canvas was the substation near Montgomery and Tramway. It was cleaned up with the correct shade of paint.

“Normally most vandalism occurs with spray paint so this is different,” Bobby Sisneros said with the city’s Solid Waste Department.

“It appears that they used that to throw and splatter across the building rather than spraying it.”

With the same shade of red paint hitting all four substations, the city thinks they’re likely connected and possibly the work of someone upset with the city’s police after recent officer-involved shootings.

“I’ve never seen it to this extent on APD substations.”

It’ll cost the taxpayers in the end.

“Nobody wants to live in an environment that’s polluted with graffiti or litter,” Sisneros said.

Police don’t have any suspects at this time.

KRQE News 13 has also been told there is no surveillance video that may have caught this person red handed.

The Triangle Park Substation in Nob Hill at Girard and Central was also hit by vandals a week and a half ago. Protesters sprayed it with “FTP” during that 12-hour protest against the department that ended with officers tear gassing the crowd.

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