Police surveillance catches ghost on camera

Police in Espanola, N.M., are catching more than just criminals. (CNN/KOAT)

ESPANOLA, N.M. (CNN/KOAT) — Police in Espanola, N.M., are catching more than just criminals. They are catching images of what they believe are ghosts on surveillance cameras at the police department. It started out as a pretty typical Saturday night. Espanola Police Officer Karl Romero was on duty, keeping an eye on the surveillance cameras around the station when he saw something in the sally port.

“At first, I thought it was a polilla, a fly or moth. Then, I saw the legs, and it was a human — but not a real human. No, a ghost,” said Romero.

So, Romero reported it and told his supervisors. Detectives showed the camera that captured the video. They say there’s no way in or out of the secured area without an open gate and alarm sounding.

“You can see it walks through. It walks in the direction of the old transport cages,” said Espanola Police Det. Solomon Romero. “There’s not a way for it to get through, but it walks through that.”

Detectives say there’s no logical explanation for this — not an issue with the lighting or a technical glitch. Turns out, there are a lot of ghost stories around here.

“A lot of officers have seen certain things. Some officers have felt someone breathing down their necks as they’re working in the briefing room,” said Det. Solomon Romero.

Police at the station also report hearing strange noises in the middle of the night and seeing unexplainable images in the lobby area, too. Espanola police say as far as they know, the department isn’t on an ancient burial ground. The department has been at that location since 2006, and no inmates have died there. But they do say there have been some unsolved murders nearby.

“I do believe in ghosts. Think that was a ghost. I do,” said Det. Solomon Romero. “I do believe it was something. It was hard to say, but I do believe in ghosts.”

These guys say they’re not afraid of it, but it’s definitely an image that haunts the officers who work there.

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