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After ‘heartbreaking’ theft of $200k of LCHS band equipment, some items recovered

Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen, including brand new drums from the
Bulldawg Batterie (pictured here).
Las Cruces High Showcase Band
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen, including brand new drums from the Bulldawg Batterie (pictured here).

UPDATE: Albuquerque Police on Saturday night said they had located the stolen Penske rental truck with Las Cruces High School's band equipment.

The truck was located in the area of 8th Street NW and Hanes Avenue NW in Albuquerque, and some of the equipment was still inside.

The fundraising coordinator for the band, Lorraine Leachman, told ABC-7 that not all the equipment was recovered. Leachman said that it appeared all the sound equipment was gone - including the keyboard.

She added that anyone who would like to help the band can donate online at

ORIGINAL REPORT: ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Less than twelve hours before the Las Cruces High School Showcase Band was scheduled to perform at an Albuquerque competition, the students learned a rental truck full of band equipment was stolen.

"We were heartbroken," said Ty Frederick, the director of bands. "We experienced a lot of emotions: anger, heartbreak, grief."

The booster club president drove up Friday night ahead of the competition and stayed at the Homewood Suites on Sunport Place in Albuquerque, Frederick told ABC-7. At 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, the president learned the Penske Truck was stolen with an estimated $200K worth of band equipment.

"We thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what are we going to do?’” he recalled.

However, the director of bands was inspired by an outpouring of support from multiple schools, including Organ Mountain High School and New Mexico State University. He said multiple Albuquerque programs also reached out to loan equipment, including El Dorado High School, La Cueva High School, Rio Rancho High School and the University of New Mexico.

“It’s been overwhelming," Frederick said. "I asked the (students), 'Are we going to go or not?' Everyone said yes!"

He said the majority of the equipment in the truck was insured, but a few thousand dollars worth of items were not, including four sets of custom printed color guard silks valued at $2,000.

However, thanks to generosity of the other bands, the LCHS band will still compete at 3 p.m. at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta.

“It’s devastating in the stuff that was stolen, but with the other schools that were helping out, we’re able to perform," Frederick said. “The performance must go on.”

Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.

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  1. This is such a sad story. What are the thrives going to do with band equipment? I hope they recover the stolen merchandise and procescute these no good thugs.

    1. ABQ is in the top 3 cities in the US to get your stuff stolen………………good luck getting the cops to even start the investigation, much less recover anything. The governor has done ZERO and even rejected federal funds under president Trump tp combat the crime rate in NM………but somehow Trump voters are the problem

  2. What planet does this guy live on? EVERYONE in NM knows that ABQ is #1 for thefts of large cargo trucks and basically anything. Hotels have ZERO security and APD will investigate in like a month. There was a reason ABQ was on the top 5 cities the Trump sent federal resources to to combat these crimes and the mayor was AGAINST it……anything to go against Orange man bad. If you stay at a hotel in ABQ, you and only YOU have to basically sleep in the car or take turns keeping an eye out. ABQ hotels could care less that criminals target their parking lots and do nothing to help.

  3. Democrat Mayor. Democrat Governor. Now you wonder why New Mexico has the third highest poverty rate in the nation. Yet dumb people keep on voting these Democrat clowns over and over.

        1. It has the largest population nitwit. Percentage wise, Texas has more folks on food stamps than California. Kentucky, Moscow Mitch’s state has the largest percentage of people on food stamps.

          1. It’s fake news Char Lie Dumbo. You just supported my factual claim nitwit. Commiefornia has the most people on food stamps based on population. You’re an idiot.

    1. Stay on topic nitwit. The theft occurred in New Mexico not a red state. New Mexico is the issue. High poverty rate of 18%, high unemployment, nearly the worst education and number one for the most welfare recipients. You lost the argument.

        1. Nope. Senile Joe is your effed up President. I didn’t vote for him. You’re a dumb leftist Communist. Especially dumb since you voted for the baby, soldier and children killer. His poll ratings shows he is the worst President in U.S. history.

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