Thieves steal pricy items from drag performers
October 12, 2017 05:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Marcus Montoya and Robert Maldonado have spent the last several years working as drag performers for charities and entertaining the public. Achieving that look not only takes a lot of talent, but a lot of money.
While the two roommates ran errands on Wednesday afternoon, some burglars hit their Albuquerque home and took some expensive items.
"Our workroom was ransacked," Montoya said. "Thousands of dollars; worth of really expensive wigs, really expensive jewelry, makeup, anything we use to basically to create our illusion in order to raise money in the way that we do."
Their neighbors noticed the suspicious activity and spotted the suspects leaving the home with several items in hand.
"In the photos that our neighbors were able to snap as they were walking away from our residence, you will see one of the people carrying the makeup case," Montoya said. And I would say that would be close to $2,000 at least in product in that box."
It wasn't just makeup. The thieves also stole wigs, jewelry and costumes. Everything they have collected and worked hard for in the last few years was taken away in a matter of minutes.
"Aside from the makeup, the things that they stole were one-of-a-kind," Montoya said. "Things were built, custom-made, by either me and some artist that created it for us, or may it be."
They said the suspects made it through other parts of the house, and it has them concerned that those burglars could come back.
"We're worried that this might not be the last trip," Maldonado said.
In the meantime, they are thankful for the community as they try to get ready to host an upcoming charity event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
"A lot of people just reaching out, saying if you need anything let us know," Montoya said. "So there are entertainers that will have us covered for Saturday. Obviously, going forward, it's going to be quite a bit to replace those items."
"People work very hard to have what they have," Maldonado added, "and for it to be just one random afternoon to be taken away, it's heartbreaking."
Maldonado's family is offering a reward for anyone that has information about the suspects or where those items are located.
Updated: October 12, 2017 05:20 PM
Created: October 12, 2017 04:10 PM
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