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Disabled veteran has mementos stolen while passing through Albuquerque

Brittany Costello
July 21, 2018 10:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It's happened to far too many people passing through New Mexico, and now a disabled veteran is the latest victim.


Matthew Thomason, who fought in the U.S. Army, was driving through our state and spent the night in Albuquerque this week when he discovered that some irreplaceable keepsakes were stolen.  

The theft occurred Tuesday morning at the Extended Stay America off International Drive in southeast Albuquerque. Thomason was loading all of his items back into his truck after staying the night.

However, when he went inside, someone was watching and waiting. The crooks would take off with medals, flags and childhood tokens.

“The vast majority, 90 percent of what was in that box, were mementos and memories either from my childhood or from my military service—which aren't really replaceable,” Thomason told KOB in a phone interview.

He and his girlfriend were traveling from Kentucky to Mesa, Arizona. To break up the long trip, they decided to stop for a night’s stay in Albuquerque.

He served a decade in the Army, having spent some of that time in Afghanistan. But he suffered PTSD and hearing loss as a result of his service.

“I would rather have had everything I own taken than those things,” he said. “I can replace TV, I can replace a camera. I can’t really replace those things that hold so much significance and so much value.”

His proud career, his hard-earned medals, his grandfathers’ WWII flags and memories are all gone.

“If somebody would imagine what it would be like to take their most valuable possession and have it stolen from them when they're trying to start a new life, just imagine that pain,” Thomason said.

Thomason did file a police report and is asking anyone who may know anything to come forward.


Brittany Costello

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