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Car stolen from Senior Games athlete

Ryan Laughlin
June 18, 2019 05:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman in town for the Senior Games has become a victim of auto theft.


Deeneen Benson had parked her rental car in the lot at Embassy Suites, but when her family woke up, it was gone.

"We were very shocked, my daughter came out first," Benson said. "My husband came out next looking for it, because we were puzzled."

 Benson came to Albuquerque from Alabama to play softball. When her rental car vanished, so did her cleats, softball bag and glove. 

"I had to replace all that because I had to play for the next two days," she said. 

Benson called the Albuquerque Police Department and said the cops went above and beyond, connecting her with Valerie Jameson. 

Jameson is the founder of Stand True for Blue, a nonprofit group that supports law enforcement.  

"There's a lot of things that are wrong in our community, but when we step up and do it together and we do it out of love, then good comes from that," Jameson said. 

Jameson gave Benson a call. 

"And I basically told her, I need prayer. Just pray for us," Benson said.

Jameson prayed with her.

"Just because our car was taken, it could happen anyplace, anywhere, anytime," Benson said. "That could not sway us away from this great city."

The latest numbers from APD show that auto theft has gone down 53% in the past two years. 


Ryan Laughlin

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