Police recover New Mexico War Memorial's stolen shoes

Julia LeDoux
October 02, 2019 - 9:59 am
New Mexico War Memorial

Photo courtesy of James Lehner

The shoes are back!

The Albuquerque Police Department's organized crime unit on Tuesday recovered five pairs of bronze shoes that were stolen from the Albuquerque Veterans Memorial last week

Bill Karr, operations manager for ACME Iron and Metal, said the company had been notified of the theft, so when a man showed up with the shoes Saturday morning, employees knew what to do. 

“When the guy came in, we purchased them, got his information, got him on video and notified (the Albuquerque Police Department),” Karr told the Albuquerque Journal. “We returned the shoes to the veteran’s memorial.”

Karr said the man got $80 for the shoes. It is not clear if the man was involved in the left of the shoes, police said.

James Lehner, vice president of the New Mexico Veterans Memorial Foundation, said the bronze shoes were at the bottom of five pillars.

 “Four pairs were men’s boots and one pair was women’s shoes,” he said.

New Mexico War Memorial
Photo courtesy of James Lehner

Constructed by the City of Albuquerque, the memorial sits on 25 acres and is comprised of various monuments and memorials honoring the nation’s service members and wars.

A police department spokesman said detectives are still investigating the theft and more details would be forthcoming.

APD worked with the New Mexico Regulation Licensing Department and Acme Recycling to recover all five pairs of shoes and return them to the memorial, according to a police department release.

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