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Column: Resident Finds Stolen Trailer at Albany Bulb

One local resident speaks out against property crimes around town. Albany Patch welcomes guest columns and letters to the editor at albany@patch.com.

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.

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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