December 18 Morning Rush: Suspects caught on camera installing credit card skimmers

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1. As holiday shopping ramps up, police says thieves are pulling out all the stops to get your cash.  Police continue to warn the public to be on the lookout for credit card skimmers after they caught thieves attaching one to an ATM. Authorities say they caught thieves on camera at the bank of Albuquerque on Wyoming near Paseo. Police say one of the things you can do to protect yourself is to tug on the reader. If there are loose parts or wire sticking out, those could be signs of tampering.

Full story: Card skimmers targeting Bank of Albuquerque, caught on camera


2. Police are asking for help finding the person who snatched an Albuquerque family’s English bulldog straight from their backyard. The Valdez family says it happened at their home near Lomas and Wyoming. They say around 5:15 Saturday, a man opened up their gate and dragged the 7-year-old dog out of their yard. They believe the man had been casing their home. One of the family members says she heard the commotion and it frightened her so she ran back inside. That’s when she looked out the window and saw the man dragging Rambo out of the yard. Rambo was last seen with a lime-green collar. The family says they got a tip that day that the suspect was seen in a silver SUV with the dog.

Full story: Albuquerque family’s English Bulldog stolen from backyard


3. Rain and higher elevations snow will continue to push west to east across southern NM as a storm system clears the area Tuesday.

Full story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast


4. I-25 may soon look a little different. That is if the city gets the help they are asking to construct a sound wall on the west side of the interstate for a two-mile stretch. That section will be between Central and Gibson. Residents in the area say the sound wall would help with noisy traffic. City council is now waiting to see if their request for help, to both the state and the federal government, will be answered. The project is on the city’s wish list of road projects.

Full story: I-25 sound wall on city’s road project wishlist


5. A new proposal to bring more hiking and climbing to the Taos Ski Valley is moving forward. The Carson National Forest is looking to install a series of via ferratas in the Kachina Bowl area. A via ferrata is a protected climbing and hiking route that uses steel cables, iron rungs, pegs, and ladders for climbers. If no significant environmental effects are anticipated, the project could be approved as soon as this spring.

Full story: Carson NF officials seek input on proposed climbing, hiking routes


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