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Thief steals truck from 103-year-old World War II vet

Posted at 3:54 AM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 03:54:21-04

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE/CNN) - A 103-year-old World War II veteran was the victim of a car theft in New Mexico.

The veteran, grandfather and friend is cared for by his grandson, Mario Baros.

Monday morning, Baros had to break some bad news to his grandfather, Feliciano Chavez, that his truck was stolen from his home.

It caught Chavez by surprise.

"He doesn't really know what's going on, like how much people are stealing these days," Baros said.

Chavez has experienced a lot in his 103 years of life, but his family said having a car stolen is a first for him.

"I am always looking out for him, but the cop came in and said that this neighborhood is getting stolen a lot," Baros said.

The truck is a white 2000 Dodge 1500 single cab pickup, but his has a veterans license plate and Army bumper stickers on the back.

While he didn't drive anymore, his family used it to take him to doctor's appointments and on errands.

Baros said his grandfather is taking the news hard.

As for the thief who took the truck right out of his driveway, Chavez has a wish.

"Take them to jail," Chavez said.

Chavez's family believes the thief targeted him because of his age.

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