Thieves steal burro statues from New Mexico town

CARRIZOZO, N.M. (KRQE)- People in one New Mexico town are very upset after thieves took off with two pieces of artwork that are like mascots to the town. Now they want those burro statues back.

Driving through the small town of Carrizozo you can’t miss them, the colorfully painted statues of burros are everywhere, but now two of them are missing.

The beloved statues represent the town’s history and people there have used them to decorate homes, store fronts, and even rooftops for 10 years now.

One of the stolen burros belongs to Patsy Sanchez.

“The history of this area is gold mining and burros and burros were used in the mining operations, back in the 1800’s,” said Sanchez.

Her burro sat outside her real estate office for about five years.

The other stolen burro used to sit in a local park, it belonged to Gwendolyn Watson.

She named it Hildegard and Watson did some of the artwork on it herself. It was only out in front of her home for a few weeks before it vanished.

“You see Hildegard tell her I miss her,” said Watson.

She just hopes that whoever has Hildegard is taking care of her.

“I’m just hoping somebody is appreciating it and maybe it’s a prank, and maybe it will be returned,” said Watson.

Sanchez says she has been checking local pawn shops for any sign of her burro but so far no luck. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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