LUBBOCK, TEXAS (KRQE) – Police have arrested two people they think may have stolen something valuable to one New Mexico woman but useless to anyone else: her prosthetic leg. The thieves may also be connected to six car burglaries. In the case of the Carlsbad woman’s SUV, police think they stole her luggage and were probably surprised with what they found inside.
Mary Alice London of Carlsbad traveled last month to get a new prosthetic leg, only to have another one stolen days later from her SUV while she spent the night at a Lubbock hotel on her way back home to New Mexico.
“It would have been no good to anyone else,” London said. “It was made especially to fit me and it was something I use every day.”
She uses a prosthetic leg to shower because her other one cannot get wet. London said she was born with many handicaps and has needed an artificial leg her whole life.
“I was just at a loss for words,” London said.
Her mood changed, however, after a call from Lubbock Police Friday morning.
“It was an absolute miracle to me,” she said.
Lubbock Police said they arrested Danielle Rivera, 29 and Moses Flores, 25, during a traffic stop. They were in a car that had been linked to a car burglary at a junior high school in the area.
Ultimately, police said they found evidence connecting back to six car burglaries. A search of a home turned up London’s prosthetic leg.
“The detective said that they might have kept it just as a trophy, that they may have seen the news report,” London said.
London said her cousin who lives in Lubbock plans to pick it up for her next week.
“None of our other things were recovered but the most important thing, the shower leg, was,” she said.
London said the prosthetic leg cost more than $7,000 when she bought it four years ago and would have cost even more now if she would have had to replace it.
Lubbock Police said they arrested the suspects on charges unrelated to the burglaries and that they’ll likely file burglary charges when the investigation is complete.