Thieves steal, torch moving truck of couple traveling through Albuquerque

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A couple’s cross-country move was ruined by one night in Albuquerque. Thieves stole and burned everything they owned. 

“We were traveling through New Mexico and there was a storm front coming through Arizona that was carrying snow,” says Jennifer Lundgren.

Lundgern and her husband were ready for a fresh start.

They were headed to Las Vegas from the East Coast and stopped in Albuquerque Monday. They stayed at the La Quinta Inn near I-40 and Coors.

“My husband woke up the next day, he went to see if the van was ready to go and it was gone,” she says.

It’s a story we’ve heard too many times before.

The couple’s Jeep and moving truck were nowhere to be found. Also missing were the couple’s four pets — three cats and one dog.

Lundgren called the police.

“They found our van off I-40 on Tribal Road 46 across from the Route 66 Casino,” she says.

All of their things were burned to nothing.

“Nothing was salvageable. At that moment I just…what do you mean nothing? My whole life… 28 years of stuff. My grandmother’s ashes,” she says.

Luckily, the couple’s dog, Benny, was found alive nearby.

However, their Jeep and their three cats are still missing.

“We assume our three cats are still out there. Since the van was on fire and there were fire trucks and everything, I think they were just scared. They got to be hiding somewhere,” she says.

The couple lost everything, but Lundgren says she only cares about the safe return of her cats.

“Just drop them somewhere that we can find them again. That’s all we want. Everything else, keep the Jeep. Keep whatever else they took,” she says.

The Lundgrens never thought they’d truly have to start from scratch.

“We have each other. We’re not hurt. We’ll just do it slowly. As time goes on, it’ll be fine,” she says.

Since leaving New Mexico, Lundgren says a few people in Albuquerque are helping out by leaving food out near the Route 66 Casino in hopes of catching the three missing cats.

No word on any sightings just yet.

The couple says they’re not interested in donations, they just would like anyone who knows the whereabouts of their cats to reach out to them.

Anyone with information can contact them through Facebook.

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