ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — A Cedar Crest man’s SUV was stolen from an Albuquerque Walmart Friday afternoon, but the only thing he’s worried about is who was inside: Max, his 14-month-old service dog.
“I can’t imagine. I can’t imagine what’s going through his head, if anything,” Bob Cummings said about his Golden Retriever.
The retired diplomat went into the Walmart at Eubank and I-40 for some groceries around 3 p.m. When he returned to his parking spot, his 2000 silver Ford Expedition was gone.
“I kept saying, ‘I had the car right here and Max was inside,'” he said. “I have a spare key so I can lock the car and get back into it and leave the motor running with the air conditioning running.”
Even though it was locked, the thieves apparently saw the key and saw an opportunity. An Albuquerque Police Department detective was able to pull surveillance video of the incident.
“In the video, you see a male and a female walking around the vehicle,” said APD spokesman Daren DeAguero. “The female reaches in and it appears that she unlocks the vehicle. She then gets in and drives away.”
DeAguero says APD notified surrounding law enforcement agencies. It’s not clear when, or if, detectives plan to release the video.
Max is just a puppy. Moncho, his last service dog of seven years, died a month ago.
“He was feeling distressed,” he said of Moncho. “I took him to the vet. They diagnosed him with fatal, non-survivable cancer, which I never expected. They let me put him down.”
Cummings doesn’t have a way to get around for now, but that’s not his worry. He’s hoping Max, who is microchipped, will be found soon.
“Someone may kick him or maltreat him,” he said. “That’s the last thing that you should do to any animal, but especially one that’s being trained to be a really good partner.”