ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man visiting New Mexico for a mission trip wants his prized possession back, and his son is determined to help make that happen in time for Father’s Day.
For about five years now, a group of volunteers from Alabama have flown into Albuqueruque and made their way to Farmington to vaccinate and treat livestock on the Navajo Nation.
But this year’s trip got off to a disheartening start.
“They found that their vehicle had been broken into and all their stuff had been stolen,” Zeb Brown, son of volunteer Quincey Brown, said.
Just after landing in Albuquerque at the Sunport around 8 a.m., the group grabbed a bite to eat at the Ihop on Gibson and Buena Vista. While inside, thieves broke into their rental car and snatched everything from laptops and clothes to a very special item: Quincey Brown’s Martin brand guitar.
“His guitar is a tool that he uses as part of who he is,” Brown said, “And for him to lose that, I mean it really just touched to see him so upset because he never gets upset over anything.”
The guitar was a gift from his children and is a priceless item, Brown said.
“He didn’t learn to play the guitar well until he was way into his 50’s, and so…we’re all proud of him for doing,” he said.
It also made his dad’s grandchildren smile and was always played on these week-long mission trips.
“He comes and plays them songs and they all get around him and sing,” Brown said, referring to the grandchildren. “And so for us, it’s very important to get that guitar back.”
Brown also hopes the other members of the volunteer group have their items returned.
He could buy his dad a new guitar, but he hopes the power of social media will make for the perfect Father’s Day gift.
“I thought if we could get the guitar he loves back, would mean a lot,” he said.
The guitar is in a case with the initials “QB” on it.
Staff at the Ihop where the incident happen say they have surveillance cameras, but they are unable to retrieve footage from Sunday.
If you have any information on this crime, please contact the Albuquerque Police Department.