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German family traveling through Albuquerque struck by thieves

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - It's a tourist tragedy. A German family visiting New Mexico victimized by thieves, and those thieves took something their daughter needs to survive. 

It wasn't the way the Murmann family visiting from Germany wanted to spend their vacation -- reporting a theft to Albuquerque Police. 

"We never had some problems in the U.S. with some thieves or something like that, so I was a little bit confused, what's going on, what's happened?" Uwe Murmann said. 

The Murmanns stopped for lunch at Denny's on Albuquerque's west side. They came out to find someone had broken into their RV. 

"On the table and on the side was the iPad and the passports," Murmann said. 

The thief took everything, their iPads, phones, passports, and travel vouchers they need for the trip home -- and it gets worse. 

Their 7-year-old daughter, Liv, is special needs, and depends on a special machine to eat. 

"She's handicapped and needs this pump to get her food. She isn't eating like normal, she only uses the button and this pump," Murmann said. 

The thief took that too. 

The Murmanns were traveling to Alamogordo, where Uwe Murmann was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base with the German Military. It's where his twin sons, Ben and Luc, were born. 

"We want to show them how beautiful this country is, and how beautiful New Mexico is," Murmann said. 

They are now thousands of miles from home, hoping someone will see this story and return the machine their daughter desperately needs. 

"You can keep the other stuff, but the passports and the pump, it's very important for us to get back home to Germany, and so we can feed still our handicapped daughter," Murmann said. 

Despite being shown the worst of New Mexico, the Murmanns are somehow choosing to see the best. 

"New Mexico is still my land, and still the land of my family in my heart...thank you," Uwe Murman said. 

If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP. 


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