RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - It all started with a stolen pickup, and from there Rio Rancho police discovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen items.
Now three people are in jail, and neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief.
It's been a busy 24 hours for Rio Rancho police logging a whole slew of stolen items all coming from a home near Southern and May Circle.
It's not what police expected.
“They went to the property in order serve a probation-violation warrant,” Officer Janet Garcia said.
That's when officers spotted something fishy.
“They noticed a truck on the property that didn't have a license plate, so they went ahead and ran the (vehicle identification number), and it returned stolen," she continued.
Turns out it was one of two stolen trucks, and that was just the start.
Police also discovered three stolen trailers, one with two ATVs and a dune buggy inside.
There was also a Suzuki quad, a lot of power tools, cameras and iPods, pool cues, a set of four knives and even a trio of carved elephant tusks.
Now, this trio is behind bars: Dennis Rael, whom police say was found hiding in the house, Matthew Rodriguez and Nicole Wallis.
The whole thing, though, doesn't come as much of a surprise to neighbors.
“It just seems like every two or three weeks the cops were over there for something,” one neighbor told KRQE News 13.
Looking back, that neighbor says they didn't think much of all the stuff sitting outside.
“When these trailers and trucks arrived over there, they had been there for a week or so, maybe a little longer,” the neighbor said. “I thought they were going to remodel the house.”
In addition to all the property, police say they found stolen plastic that points back to crimes in the Duke City.
“Some of the credit cards that were located inside the residence have been linked to auto burglaries out of the Albuquerque area,” Garcia said.
Neighbors are crossing their fingers that this bust helps clean up the area.
“I hope that this is the beginning of the end," the neighbor said.
Rio Rancho police aren’t sure where all of the items came from.
If you recognize any of these items, you can call the Rio Rancho Police Department nonemergency line at 891-7226.
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