House in Nob Hill becomes magnet for crime | KOB 4

House in Nob Hill becomes magnet for crime

Kassi Nelson
December 11, 2018 10:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A house in Nob Hill has become a magnet for crime.


The homeowner doesn’t live there anymore, but thieves come and go as they please. And neighbors are afraid it’s getting out of hand.

“The owner is a hoarder so the house is full of junk and the criminal element in Albuquerque knows it’s unoccupied and easy pickings,” neighbor Ramdas Khalsa said.

With broken windows and a broken garage door, criminals see it as an invitation. There’s a lot of stuff to try to sell for a quick buck.

From next door, Franz Leitner documents those he calls scavengers, through his cell phone camera. He said he doesn’t know how many times he’s called 911 in his six years living on the street.

“It’s at least once a month,” he said.

Neighbors said they just want the thieves to leave for good.

“These folks could be here with guns when police show up there could be a shootout who knows,” Khalsa said.

The city said it sent a code violation notice to the homeowner on November 28th.

The home has been deemed substandard and a nuisance property. The owner has until December 13th to fix it up, but he’s 81-years-old and said he has no one to help him.

“It would be great for the neighborhood if he would let it go and give somebody else the opportunity to be a good neighbor to the neighborhood,” Leitner said.


Kassi Nelson

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