ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A week after Albuquerque police took down a major burglary ring in Albuquerque, dozens of items are back in the hands of their rightful owners including a some valuable pieces of art.
Police first searched the home last week. Then, they went back on Monday with another warrant and uncovered that artwork in a dingy shed out back. The home on Cardenas near the Coronado Mall turned out to be a vault of stolen stuff.
Initially, police estimated there was more than $60,000 worth of stolen goods inside — but after the second search this week, they’ve upped that value to $200,000.
Police have also arrested an eighth person in the fencing operation, Jason Barber.
Thursday morning dozens of heirloom pieces of art went back to their owners. There was also a lot of baseball memorabilia including valuable cards and artwork. There was also an APD officer’s badge found in the bust.
Police say that officer was a victim of fraud and forgery.
APD says they’ve answered roughly 50 calls from people trying to track down their stolen stuff. About a dozen of those calls panned out and items found in this bust were returned. Police are still trying to get the rest of it returned.
Anyone looking to claim their property will need some proof that it belonged to them or at least a very good description to prove it’s theirs.