Column: Resident Finds Stolen Trailer at Albany Bulb

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I do a lot of volunteer work for the and, at the beginning of the year, we had two trailers stolen from the fields.  

One trailer was valued at $800 and the other was worth closer to $300. A gated and locked area was broken into, and thieves took the trailers. They tried to take a few more items but left them behind. 

As we were looking to replace the trailers, I had a suspicion that they might be at the . I thought there was a good chance they had been stolen by someone, or multiple people, who live on the Bulb.

So I decided to take my 8-year-old son for a walk up to the Bulb. I used my son so I would not tip off any of the residents to why I was there. 

As we walked through the encampments, we saw a lot of metal items stacked up at each tent area.

Suddenly my eyes were drawn to the ground, where I noticed we had been walking amongst several hypodermic needles/syringes. We watched our step and proceeded even further into the encampments. 

We turned one corner and there it was: A huge pile of metal bikes, pans, doors... You name it, it was there. And, of course, upside down next to the pile, was the large $800 trailer (wheels missing, later to be found next to the trailer, but still in one piece).

I quickly ran down the hill with my son, all too careful to avoid the syringes on the ground, and an officer just happened to be patrolling the parking lot. 

I flagged him down and told him the story, but since the trailer was taken from university property, their police had to be called to retrieve it. We eventually got the trailer back to the Little League field.

I have a feeling that a lot of the car break-ins are from these people coming down to go through the garbage cans at night. I have heard and seen them at 3 a.m. looking through the garbage for recyclables. What would stop them from checking the doors of cars as they meander through our streets at night?

One thief recently got me for over $800 in tools out of my truck.

There's a lot going on here that should be brought to light.

katherine cody May 25, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I live ay the bulb. We try uor best to keep thieves junkies and a**h*les from camping here. We have the same problems as any city community with theft ect. I would like the person who found the trailor to tell me where( at what camp) he recovered it. Perhaps then I could discover where they obtained it. Having been the victim of someone selling me stolen items (solar panels) I am very interested in the source of the items. I was fortunate in the outcome and several other items were also recovered and returned to their owner. I am distressed that the people involved had such a negative experiance and am glad that the majority do enjoy coming here. In my experiance most people who are recycling or collecting scrap are honest and looking for unwanted items. To color all negatively is untrue and unfair if unerstandable from the point of view of the writer. I am not being rhetorical in my offer of assistance but sincerely wish to aid in the cleaning up the bulb. As do many others here at the bulb.
Peggy McQuaid May 25, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Catherine, thank you for your comments which reinforces my understanding that there is truly a community spirit among the residents of the bulb. The column by Eugene Romero also highlights some of the issues facing those who are disenfranchised and marginalized by society. I encourage the newly formed City Task Force on homelessness to address the concerns of both the community and homeless individuals throughout the city and to seek out opportunities and choices which are in the best interest of everyone. There are no easy solutions but I am hopeful that through this process we will find the expertise, wisdom, compassion, and understanding to reach the best possible outcome.
Dover May 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
"We try uor best to keep thieves junkies and a**h*les from camping here." You do not pay rent. You are squatting. Why would you presume that it is your business to tell others that they can not do the same?
Paul D May 25, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Level the bulb and plant native grasses.
Ross Stapleton-Gray May 25, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Sever the neck. Isla Albania! And then, every year like at Chincoteague, wranglers could drive the wild oxalis herds to the mainland...
Dover May 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM
"Because I am 'squatting' does not mean anyone is free to try to do so." Umm, yeah, actually it does mean that. Think for a moment about the example you are setting. When you own something, or rent something, THEN you get to pick and choose. Also, poorly planned guilt trips don't work on me. Sorry!
Tatter Salad May 26, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Re comment : " I have a feeling that a lot of the car break-ins are from these people coming down to go through the garbage cans at night." 'I have a feeling' you are wrong regarding car break-ins & theft of aluminum cans (from your 'trash') as being traceable to Bulb'anites. I've paid careful attention over the years to my dog, which lets me know when our recyclables are being perused or purloined. And, for the past year, it's been by uniquely dressed Chinese (in rags). When I've tried to make contact (to donate clothes), I find they neither understand nor speak English. So, I enlisted my son's multilingual girlfriend; the 'can divers' don't speak Cantonese either: they speak Mandarin. Through her, I found they are working out of China, and are being rotated through here approximately every three months on a legal work visas. They make about $50-70.- / day per couple before expenses. A MARKED improvement over what Apple pays in China, even after the 'commute.' I've visited the bulb over the past 30+ years, and have yet to see an Asian living there. Regarding the car break-ins (I had a cat-converter stolen there about a year ago from my 4-runner); -that has been a 'moving group' that use cell-phones to make sure they aren't interrupted by PoPo etc. They are NOT living at the Bulb, although they 'recycle' their thefts at the same recycle center in Berkeley; I've been told have been predominantly Hispanic. (Stolen bike 'recycling'; that's happening)
katherine cody May 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Example I am setting? To whom? I am no less a person than you because I choose a different lifestyle. I do not steal or collect bottles and cans or scrap. I am a resposible pet owner. I do not litter biological waste. This is not an easy place to live. I work hard to meet my needs and I am very self sufficient. I don't want your guilt or phony sympathy. Economical bigotry: you think because you own more things you are better person than I am. I don't need to participate in the rampant consumerism and waste to give validity to my life. I am more than I what I own and glad not to share the burden of debt most people labor under. My concern was for the little league's loss an offered aid
Peggy McQuaid May 26, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Katherine, I am sorry I misspelled your name in an earlier post.
Dover May 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
"I work hard to meet my needs and I am very self sufficient." No, if you were self-sufficient you would not be illegally squatting on land you do not own. Choosing a "different lifestyle" that involves utter dependence on other people's contributions and hard work is actually the exact opposite of self-sufficiency. "Economical bigotry: you think because you own more things you are better person than I am." I have said no such thing. If you are going to quote me, at least have the courtesy to do so with accuracy. If you need to read things twice, or thrice, before responding, do so. Such an accusation is both dishonest and unnecessary.
Anna Shapiro May 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Katherine, I suggest you ignore Dover. She's quite an unpleasant person but she IS equal opportunity. She once wrote, "Albany Police are bottom of the barrel".
Anna Shapiro May 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Tatter, interesting! In the village, I've seen the same people going through our recyclables for years. I know that some of them are grandparents that live in the village, because I used to see my downstair's neighbor's parents sort through cans and bottles.
Dover May 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Yes, this is still my opinion. As I have stated perviously, I stand by every single word I have ever written on both Patch specifically and the internet in general. Did you imagine otherwise? A wishy washy person most likely projects such onto others. And it's rather condescending of you to imagine that Katherine needs help reaching her own conclusions. Is it because she is homeless that you feel she needs an internet interpreter? If she had a million dollar house in the Hills would you still feel the need to dictate her internet experience? My guess would be "no." ;-}
Anna Shapiro May 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I don't know, do YOU live in a million dollar home on the hill, Dover? I only "interpreted" for Katherine because I wish someone had done the same for me when I first encountered your "opinions".
Dover May 26, 2012 at 07:02 PM
If you are not strong enough to navigate content and form opinions on your own, perhaps the internet is something to be avoided? Just a thought!
Dover May 26, 2012 at 07:05 PM
P.S. I'm flattered that you took valuable time to peruse my previous posts and I don't think it's obsessive in the slightest. ;-}
Anna Shapiro May 26, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Ha! I happened to read that post about the dog and your comment was right there! I have to admit that I'm intrigued by you. Does it take a strong person to navigate content? Good to know.
Dover May 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
"Does it take a strong person to navigate content?" Read it again. I said "not strong enough" for a reason. And yes, I'm sure you just happened to read that post. ;-}
Anna Shapiro May 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Albany Resident May 27, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I am sure there are hardworking people living at the bulb but I l also know that there are drug users that have no respect for the area they live. The bulb is for everyone to visit not to discard their used syringes. It amazes me that this was ignored since I asked that it be mentioned twice in my initial post. I have seen on occasion the Asian recyclers rummaging through my recycle bins but that has been mostly during the day. However early in the morning I have been woken up by recyclers that are clearly not of Asian descent I have seen many other nationalities of recyclers, I recognized several of them from the time I was at the bulb waiting for the police to arrive. Look whomever is gathering the large stock pile of metal is more than likely the person/persons responsible for the theft of the trailer, if you are truly a community then you must know who the bad apples are, and would not need my assistance to point them out.
katherine cody May 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I don't. Know who is doing either amassing srap and discarding bio hazard ie, syringes. As a group when we find that someone is not clean or careful. We help them dispose of this ddangerous waste. This is why I asked where you found the trailer. So we could see to a cleanup and perhaps find the other trailer. Not to argue merits of money/ no money . I would still help if I can. I need a place to start I am not willing or able to check each and every camp. And no I don't know all of everyone's actions or 'doins'.
Amber Whitson May 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Fist off, Eugene: "It amazes me that this was ignored since I asked that it be mentioned twice in my initial post." As someone who has both written an opinion piece for, and blogged on, Patch: I don't understand what you mean. If you wrote the article, and wanted it mentioned twice (you *did* mention it once). Then, you should have mentioned it twice. Unless you are accusing Albany Patch of editing *your* opinion out of *your* article... Which, I might add, I would find *very* hard to believe.
Amber Whitson May 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
More to-the-point: "I recognized several of them from the time I was at the bulb waiting for the police to arrive." Okay, I realize that we have quite a few unique-looking individuals, living out here. But, how many of the Bulb residents that passed by you, that *one day* that you were out here (for only a few hours, I'm guessing), just happened to be the same people whom you have personally been woke up by, recycling in the mornings? Then, there's this: "Look whomever is gathering the large stock pile of metal is more than likely the person/persons responsible for the theft of the trailer," Dude, *seriously*?!?!... You, sir, clearly have *No* idea how many of us out here collect and recycle scrap metal. That's: collect, as in: it takes a whole lotta scrap to make a little bit of money. And, as someone who gathers and recycles scrap metal, I take personal offense to your ignorant/uninformed assumption/accusation that whomever stole your trailer was probably the same person who is/was stockpiling metal, or vice versa.
Amber Whitson May 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM
And, finally: "if you are truly a community then you must know who the bad apples are, and would not need my assistance to point them out." Again: *Seriously*!?!?... Man, I wish I lived in *your* world. So, by that theory: We don't need the entire police/court system. All the "bad apples" should already be in jail! Look, if you want to *actually* help *anybody* solve *any* part of this problem, maybe you could give us a few more clues as to, precisely, *where* at the Landfill you discovered your trailer. (i.e. on the low road (the one that runs along the water), on the high road (the road that is high above the water), on the Bulb...? What paths did you take to get there? You knew the way well enough to lead the officer(s) there. Could you describe it to us?... Finding out who had possession of your trailer would put us that much closer to finding out who stole it. Whether that person stole it themselves, or merely bought it from the thief... We need something we can work from/with. Not descriptions, with details that could *easily* describe *any* camp out here.
Nathan Frank May 28, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Dover, Did your mother love you? I know your a miserable person; anyone as negative and rude as you are must be hurting inside. You quote people and insult them... quote and insult.. that is your thing; we get it. You should stop taking it out on the Patch comment boards. it's annoying.
Dover May 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
That would be you're, not your, Nathan. You're welcome! ;-}


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