Thief takes sign honoring longtime Albuquerque golf course mother

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Why would someone steal something honoring a sweet little old lady?

Nearly two years ago at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course in Northeast Heights, employees and golfers there wanted long-time worker Dorothy Booze know just how special she was to them. However, their memento is now gone, and they’re hoping to find whoever took it.

On any golf course, there are people who just play, but every once in a while there are the people who just belong there. Dorothy Booze is one of those people. She spent 45 and half years working at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course, most of it inside the pro-shop.

“The people all the golf course, the patrons as well as the employees have always been like family,” said Booze.

Golfer Todd Kersting is one of those “family members.” He’s known Dorothy since the 80’s.

“Dorothy kept righting the ship you know for this organization,” said Kersting.

In Dorothy’s honor, golfers got her a special sign almost two years ago to reserve a prime parking space. The sign read “Dorothy’s Den,” for their “mama bear.”

“She’s cared so much for people and it was special for us,” said Kersting.

But now that sign is gone. The only thing left is a small black metal frame where it used to hang.

“We wanted to make it convenient for Dorothy when she came to work,” said Kersting.

Someone took Dorothy’s special sign around November, unscrewing special security screws that held it in place.

The people who got her the sign waited until November in hopes that something would turn up, or that someone would see the sign in its new home. They’re now trying to get the word out in efforts to get the sign back.

“A very dedicated lady and it’d be special to find and bring back that sign to the real home that it belongs to,” said Kersting.

Dorothy was bashful about her sign when Kersting and KRQE News 13 surprised her at her home today to say hello.

“Dorothy we love you and we’re going to try to find that sign for you, OK?” said Kersting.

“You’re something else!” Dorothy replied.

While she may not show it, Todd Kersting says that sign means a lot.

“The signs here to remind her that she’s a very special lady,” said Kersting.

The golfers at Arroyo del Oso are just asking for the sign to be returned as a memento. As for Dorothy’s return to working at the club, she told us Friday that she’s likely to stay retired, but also told KRQE News 13, “never say never.”

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