ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A couple pulled up to their home in the hills and were shocked to see what an Albuquerque city employee was doing. The worker, at work in a city truck, stole one of their Christmas decorations. The couple captured it all on video.
It all started with a complaint to 311. A couple went to their home near Juan Tabo and the Indian school on December 14. As they walked up the street, they spotted a city vehicle. The driver was supposed to deliver meals to the elderly.
As they turned to park, they noticed someone in the yard near their fence grabbing something off the ground. The couple can’t believe what is happening.
They are stunned when the city employee got back into his truck and took off. They made sure to get the vehicle information.
The city’s inspector general investigated, reviewed the truck’s GPS, and then interviewed the employee. He specifies that given the season, he decided to take the decoration. He said he put the decoration in the garage.
The investigation concluded that the worker’s actions cast a negative light on the city and its department among the citizens they were meant to serve, and that the matter could result in charges of theft.
The city will not say if or how the city employee was punished, or if he kept his job. They also won’t say if the case will be sent to Albuquerque police for criminal charges.