ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico veteran is devastated after his unique truck was stolen.
“It was my dream truck,” said Jesse Trujillo.
Trujillo said his truck was finally just right. “I spent a lot of time and money into it over the years, you know just to make it what I wanted it to be,” said Trujillo.
Trujillo said he truly decked his Chevy Silverado out, adding 40-inch tires and a 12-inch lift.
“Some people have their hobbies, love playing golf, or you know some people like to race cars. I like trucks,” said Trujillo.
But Trujillo was crushed when he left class at Wayland Baptist University last Monday to find his pride and joy gone.
“They broke into it without breaking any glass and they took off,” said Trujillo.
The crooks also took off with a piece of his history.
“I am a Veteran,” said Trujillo.
Trujillo served in the Navy for eight years as a Deep Sea Hard Hat Diver.
At one point, he was stationed in Hawaii. He said that’s where he spent a lot of time working on his truck. When it was time to come back to New Mexico, he paid to ship it home.
“That was something that kind of represented who I was,” said Trujillo.
It’s not only about the trucks meaning. Trujillo said he also has a family and now one less car.
“Having two kids, a little toddler, and a four-month-old, a wife, full time job, trying to go to school, all those things just really kind of put a hinder on daily life and progress,” said Trujillo.
He’s now hoping social media can help; his truck is posted all over Facebook.
Trujillo said he’s already gotten some leads. “People were commenting how they saw a big black truck speeding down Broadway,” said Trujillo.
He said someone then spotted it in Los Lunas and then near Socorro.
“We got a pretty good indication that it was heading South in a hurry,” said Trujillo.
But Trujillo is not giving up hope. He knows the truck’s custom work can now work in his favor.
“It’s a truck that you can’t miss,” said Trujillo.