Mother recovering from breast cancer says home was burglarized twice

New Mexico News

A New Mexico mother said while she was out of town for treatment, thieves broke into her house not once, but twice.

Andrea Arellano was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She’s a survivor and has been in remission for the past 11 months. However, she said, lately, she hasn’t been feeling well.

“The past couple weeks I’ve just been tested over and over, getting MRIs all over my body and they can’t figure out why my white blood cell count is so high,” Arellano said. 

Arellano lives in Las Vegas, N.M. but she drives to Santa Fe for treatment, and when she’s in Santa Fe, she’s there for a few days.

In November, Arellano said while she was in Santa Fe undergoing testing, she came back home to an unfortunate surprise.  

“I came back and found my house had been broken into,” she said. “They had stolen everything I own from my TVs to my shower curtains.”

She thinks the thieves may have known she would be gone for days. Arellano said they even stole her 10-year-old son’s two cats. If that wasn’t enough, Arellano said the crooks came back again a few days later and took what was left.

“They left me with two towels and a can of soup,” Arellano said. 

For Arellano, she said it’s not the material things that matter, it’s the photos of her son as a baby, artwork from friends and other sentimental items she can’t replace.

“Everything that I’ve held onto in my 41 years of life is just gone,” she said.

Now, all she can do is remain positive.

“I hope the people who did this needed everything more than me,” she said. “It’s been really rough and I’m just trying to get through the holidays and trying to give my son the best Christmas.”

Arellano filed two police reports with Las Vegas Police. Family and friends started a GoFundMe account to help Arellano start to replace the items that were stolen. 

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