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Frustrated with APD response, auto theft victim recovers truck himself

Caleb James
June 09, 2017 10:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The hits just keep coming for an Albuquerque man.

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Nearly a year ago, Jeremy Waller was in a horrible motorcycle crash and lost his leg. Now, he's just one of the hundreds of crime victims in our city.

Waller tells KOB the worst part was how little Albuquerque police seemed to care about his stolen truck. It led to another example of citizens taking matters into their own hands and fighting crime.

Waller was at home late Tuesday night when he heard an unmistakable sound. His low-rider Chevy pickup roared to a start and peeled out. It was out of sight by the time he got around to the front of his house.  

"It's invasive," he said. "They're at your home."

Waller's truck is loud when it's running -- but when it's not, there's really no way to know someone's inside. The windows are so dark that it may have helped that thief out. The first thing he did was rip a dome light out so no one would know he was in there. 

"First thing I did was call 911, but I logged into Facebook," Waller said. 

With 911 on the phone in one hand, Waller posted about his stolen wheels. 

"My friends responded immediately. I think [in] 20 minutes they found the truck," he said. 

But as an APD officer arrived, Waller said he had the truck pinpointed. His friends were on speaker phone, tracking the truck through southeast Albuquerque. 

"I was sitting here with the cop, I told him, 'Hey, my friend is behind the truck and this is where it's at,'" Waller said. 

The officer told him they wouldn't pursue the vehicle, Waller said. He was shocked.

In August, Waller and his wife both lost a leg in a horrifying motorcycle crash near Cochiti Lake. On a prosthetic, Waller had to jump in his own vehicle to go recover his truck. 

"(APD) wanted nothing to do with it," he said. "Just a lot of the events lately, I've seen similar stories and it's just disappointing that they almost act like they really don't care."

Waller said it took him and about a half-dozen friends to box that car thief in before he took off running and Waller got his truck back. 

An important editor's note: Ordinarily, KOB would reach out to APD for comment on this sort of story prior to a newscast, or prior to publishing on KOB.com. However, in recent months, that courtesy has resulted in KOB content being distributed to other news outlets by the Albuquerque Police Department.

To maintain the integrity of our content, our management has decided to reach out to APD for comment at the first opportunity on Saturday. We will share the department's response with you then.

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