Thieves steal Roswell woman’s oxygen tank

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say someone stole a terminally-ill woman’s oxygen tank in Roswell.

Tamela Stewart suffers from lupus and congestive heart failure. She relies on an oxygen compressor to breathe.

Stewart says she was getting her carpet redone earlier this week when the tank was stolen.

She says the carpet workers put several of her items on her front porch while they installed the flooring.

When they brought her belongings back inside her oxygen tank was gone.

“I need it to live and I’m like it could shorten my days and what if I stop breathing in the middle of the night because I do not have the concentrator?” Stewart said.

Roswell police said the tank is worth nearly $1,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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