Woman caught on camera taking food donations from Albuquerque neighborhood

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When it comes to holiday food donations, every little bit helps. That is why some people are calling what one woman was caught on camera doing low.

When you drive up to Roger Salter’s home in the heights, you’re going to be watched. He’s got security cameras rolling because of a recent crime wave in the neighborhood.

“I wanted to have protection, mainly a deterrent. If people know we have cameras working, they’re not going to come,” said Salter.

He wasn’t expecting to see what was caught on camera. His cameras didn’t deter a woman from swiping food he was donating to the Roadrunner Food Bank.

“A neighbor came by and said, ‘I just noticed a car going through and it looks like they’re stealing. I bet they stole your food,'” said Salter.

Roger brushed it off, thinking someone from the food bank came to pick up the donated goods. However, that wasn’t the case.

“We did ask them if they had volunteers working the area, they sent back an email and said no,” said Salter.

Now, he feels that he let the food bank down because it could’ve fed someone less fortunate.

“I don’t know what to tell them. I’m sorry that they lost what someone donated to them, and we’ll probably make up for it,” said Salter.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the food bank about the theft to ask if this happens a lot. Roadrunner did not want to get into that, but the nonprofit did say every little curb-side contribution makes a difference.

“When you think about it, all of the pounds that add up over the course of the day, that’s well over a 100,000 pounds of food that’s coming here and allowing us to provide important meals to New Mexico’s hungry families,” said Sonya Warwick, Comm. Officer Roadrunner Food Bank.

Roger says he won’t stop giving but next time he’ll make sure it gets into the right hands.

“We’ll be a little bit more careful. In fact, we may wait for the postman to give it to him personally, then leaving it out where it can be swiped,” said Salter.

Roadrunner also says if you want to donate food there are plenty of drop off locations around Albuquerque. For the list, visit their website »

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