Thieves snatch All-American’s softball mitt

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A star softball player’s quick stop in Albuquerque ended in heartbreak. She says thieves took off with one of her most prized possessions. Now, she’s pleading with people in the metro to give it back.

Alexa Snyder’s softball glove is a testament to her biggest fan.

“I actually got it in remembrance of my uncle who passed away,” said Snyder.

Snyder’s uncle, Mark Werner, died of cancer in 2011, just months before her college softball career began.

His initials, MJW, are etched into her leather mitt as a reminder he’s always with her on the field.

“It’s more of a sentimental value to me, mostly having to do with him and you know it’s what I started my career with I was hoping to end it with that too,” said Snyder.

But a thief may have stolen that dream. The Colorado State University-Pueblo softball player and her team were traveling through Albuquerque Friday on their way to a tournament in Silver City.

They stopped at Fuddruckers off of Interstate-25 for some food when their bus broke down.

“All of a sudden the bus popped and we noticed our power steering went out, so we were stuck there for a good two hours,” said Alexa’s coach Christie Zinanti.

The girls played wiffle ball while a mechanic worked on the bus. A couple hours later they got back on the road, but they forgot to latch of the bus’s doors.

“So when we started to go up the hill, it came open and a couple of things had fell out,” said Snyder.

Snyder’s bag which had her precious glove inside was one of the things that fell out.

The team immediately went back to the restaurant, but they were too late. A man in a white truck had swiped it.

“He starts coming up to the bus and he starts slowing down, so we are like oh, thank you he’s giving us the bag, no they drive off,” said Zinanti.

For the first time in four years, Snyder had to play with a replacement glove.

She’s still holding out hope that whoever stole her prized mitt will give it back, so her biggest fan can continue to cheer her on.

Snyder’s coach did file a police report. Unfortunately, she says the truck got away too fast for her to write down a license plate number.

Despite the drama surrounding Snyder’s missing glove, the softball team won both of it’s games Saturday.

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