Albuquerque family pleads for return of stolen saint statue

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A few years ago Mary Saavedra bought her husband a special present, a San Pasquale Santo statue.

It was proudly displayed in their yard, until thieves made it off with it, leaving behind only a broken chain and gaping hole.

Mary searched for months for the perfect birthday present for her husband and finally found it in a statue of the patron saint of cooks and shepherds.

“We cook all the time, we like to share our food and baked goods, so it became a symbol, of our ministry in life”, said Mary Saavedra.

The Saavedra’s say they take pride in taking care of those in their neighborhood, much like San Pasqual did.

It was a treasured addition to their yard and its loss was a devastating blow.

Saavedra said, “I turned and looked and was like, oh my god, somebody took our San Pasqual, so I looked down and saw this hole, saw that the chain was clipped.”

The theft was caught on the couple’s surveillance cameras. Mary says two men drive up, one cuts the chain and the other carries the heavy statue off. The whole thing is over in just a of couple minutes.

“They had it planned, it’s not like somebody who just drives by, covets something, takes it then feels remorse, these thieves had a plan to take it”, said Saavedra.

The statue is worth about $400, but the couple says it has much more sentimental value than that. While they reported the crime to police, they say they’d be happy simply getting it back.

Saavedra said, “I would forgive them, we’re Christians, we would forgive him and take it back, be grateful that we have it back, and hopefully they would never hurt someone like that again.”

The feast of San Pasqual Santo was on May 17. The couple says they think it’s no coincidence the statue disappeared just days before. They also believe someone living nearby may have taken it, but police haven’t looked into that yet.

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