ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The bronze shoes that were stolen from an Albuquerque memorial have been recovered by police.
According to the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Board of Directors, the Albuquerque Police Department’s Pawn Shop and Salvage Yard Detail located the stolen shoes. The board also states that authorities have information on the individual suspected of the theft, but have not yet released any additional information.
This comes after Michael Burd with the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Board of Directors said that someone took five pairs of the bronze shoes worth thousands of dollars from the War on Terror Memorial sometime in the past week. He added that vandalism across the 25-acre Memorial Park off of Gibson and Louisiana is all too common because of the homeless in the area who often leave behind trash and drug needles.
“There’s a real need for security, both physical and electronic surveillance. That is an ongoing need. It’s not getting less, it’s becoming more,” Burd said.
The Memorial Foundation set up a GoFundMe page earlier this week to replace the shoes. KRQE News 13 reached out to the Park and Recreation Department to ask if they’d consider adding security at the park but did not hear back.