Thieves steal Albuquerque army veteran’s uniform and awards

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Army veteran said thieves stole his car, but it’s what was inside of it that he really wants back.

“I said could you please send a police officer down here because I think my car was stolen,” said the veteran who does not want to be identified.

It all happened within a matter of minutes. An Army veteran’s nearly two decades worth of work had vanished.

“That unfortunately may not mean a lot to the person that stole it, but it does to me,” he said.

The veteran said he parked at the University of New Mexico near the bookstore on Thursday around lunch time.

He said he locked up his family’s white Toyota Sequoia and went to turn in an assignment.

When he came back less than 10 minutes later, his SUV which had his army uniform decorated in awards was gone.

“When you spend many years in the military, it brings a sense of honor and respect,” he said.

The dad of six spent more than a dozen years as an Army officer.

He earned a number of awards for his service including Italian Jump Wings and an Expert Infantry award.

They were all on his uniform when thieves swiped it.

“It was earned,” he said. “Anybody could go out and buy any type of award, rank or anything of that nature, but when it’s earned it means a whole lot more,” he said.

The veteran said he filed a police report. However, the cops told him there are no surveillance cameras that point toward the spot where he was parked.

He said his uniform was in his car because he wore it for an appearance the night before.

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