ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers' mission is to help homeless veterans get back on their feet, providing food, shelter and skills training.
But early Wednesday morning a thief helping himself to some of the group's donations and a truck the non-profit uses on a daily basis.
The group's director Elinor Reiners says a man snuck in under a side fence at around 12:50 a.m. and spent half an hour shopping around the group's array of donated items meant to help veterans transitioning back into the workforce.
"There were things where you could see he couldn't load them on because it was too heavy," Reiners said.
That didn't stop him from taking off with a dining set meant for a Vietnam veteran, an air compressor, other items the center uses and a 1997 white Ford truck with a lift gate.
"The truck is our workhorse," Reiners said. "We use it for deliveries, we use it for pickups, we use it for community service, we use it to take our food over to our veterans."
The group had been hoping to use the truck as a down payment for a new one.
If you have any information on who stole the truck, call APD.
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