ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police say a fencing operation bust has turned up more than $60,000 worth of stolen items.
The bust took place Monday at a home in the 2400 block of Cardenas NE, just west of Coronado Shopping Center. Seven people were arrested and the home was raided.
Inside, officers found a treasure trove of items, including passports, TV’s, computers, collectible baseball cards, a painting that’s estimated to be more than 100 years old and a sword from U.S. Army’s military academy of Westpoint.
There was also a check forgery lab in the home, Sgt. William Dorian with APD’s burglary unit said. That included printers, fake checks and stolen IDs.
One neighbor, who said she knows the family that lived inside, wasn’t surprised to learn of the bust.
Other neighbors, though, who have lived in the area for decades, say they were shocked to hear what happened.
“I’ve never seen anything bad around here, you know?” Ben Gandert, who’s lived in the area for 30 years said. “Except that I’ve seen a lot of people there and a lot of trailers back there, people living in the trailers there, but I didn’t know.”
Police confirmed that someone was living in a trailer in the backyard of the home. That person, police say, tried to burn documents as officers approached during the search of the property.
Police expect the bust to put a big dent in the amount of home burglaries in Albuquerque. They called the seven people arrested the ‘who’s-who’ of fencing operations, meaning the middlemen who sell stolen goods.
If you recognize any of the items stolen, call APD’s property crimes line at 505-768-2300.