Stolen monolith recovered by Albuquerque police

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the people who made off with the monolith that popped up in Albuquerque turned it over to police Tuesday. The mysterious triangular structure appeared Sunday evening near Pan American and Montano. The same type of installation has appeared recently in Utah, California and Romania.

Monday night, a video captured a group of people hitting it with sledgehammers before toppling it and carrying it away. The Albuquerque Police Department says they received reports of teens drinking and vandalizing the structure Monday night. However, by the time they arrived at the scene, the vandals and the monolith were gone.

Tuesday, APD says the person who had it contacted them and returned it. An APD spokesperson said in a statement, “obviously this is not the kind of behavior we want to see in our community.” However, police say they can’t really charge anyone because there is no clear victim of a crime.

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