Albuquerque police discover stolen highschool van

On the day of a major competition, just hours before the performance, they said all of their gadgets and instruments were gone.

On Friday – the day before the Zia Marching Band Fiesta, a major competition at UNM – the Las Cruces High School marching band – ready for the competition – loaded a yellow Penske rental car with their band equipment.

Michael Woods, president of the Band Parent Association, drove the loaded truck to Albuquerque. But on Saturday morning, the day of the competition, the truck was stolen.

“Unfortunately it was gone,” said Woods.

The truck was parked at Homewood Suites in Sunport – about $ 200,000 worth of tape equipment was stolen.

“It was incredulous and we were heartbroken. I mean, there is no other way to put it. We grieved because we had a lot of equipment that we needed that was irreplaceable,” said Ty Frederick, band director of Las. Cruces High School.

Some of the stolen devices were even new, and while the majority was insured, much was not. But there’s a silver lining – a lot of schools went out of their way to lend the band some gear – to make sure the Bulldogs had a chance to compete against each other.

The Albuquerque Eldorado High School Band was one of the bands that helped.

“Our band community, no matter what school we come from or what city we’re from, we all work together and try to help each other,” said Stephen Snowden Jr, Associate Director of Bands Eldorado

The school was able to provide bells, mouthpieces and other instruments for the band Las Cruces.

“We’ll do what we do and hopefully have a great performance this afternoon at three. If we can, we’ll make it to the finals and hopefully play again tonight then we’ll slowly recover,” said Frederick.

An APD officer found a stolen rental car with musical instruments belonging to Las Cruces students who were in Albuquerque for a competition. Thank you to everyone who helped the students compete today. pic.twitter.com/zLVXZpNr0g

– APD Public Information Officer (@APD_PIO) October 24, 2021

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