ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s not a bait car, but it’s acting like one. Albuquerque neighbors said an abandoned SUV is attracting crooks.
It was Tuesday, in the middle of the night, when surveillance video caught a group of people abandoning an SUV on a quiet, residential street near Old Coors and Arenal.
“This is a stolen vehicle,” said a neighbor. “It’s all busted up inside.”
The neighbor wanted to remain anonymous because she said the SUV is now attracting criminals to her neighborhood.
“We’re calling APD repeatedly,” said the neighbor.
Surveillance video caught people trying to break into the SUV minutes after it was abandoned Tuesday night, as well as last night.
Neighbors said crooks also showed up in the middle of the day Thursday.
“I was coming out to check the mail and they saw me and they scurried out of here so quick,” said the neighbor.
Residents are now wondering why the Albuquerque Police Department hasn’t towed it off yet. Police tell KRQE News 13 by law, they can’t.
APD said that’s because while the SUV could be stolen, it hasn’t been reported stolen.
“If the registration is good then we don’t have a legal right to tow it,” said Officer Fred Duran.
But that doesn’t mean it will sit on the residential street forever. Because of all the complaints, APD has red tagged it.
“What that is, is it’s a warning for the owner to let them know they have ten days to remedy the issue with that vehicle, whether it be extended parking on the side of the street, a parking violation, or any type of suspicious activity,” said Officer Duran.
APD red tagged the SUV Wednesday. They said they have not been able to get a hold of the owner.