Thieves steal Acworth Boy Scout troop's trailer - CBS46 News

Thieves steal Acworth Boy Scout troop's trailer

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Courtesy: Mark Gruner- Picture of stolen trailer Courtesy: Mark Gruner- Picture of stolen trailer
ACWORTH, GA (CBS46) -

The trailer was purchased by the Boy Scouts with hard work from fundraisers, and donations from charitable contributions.

Now, it is in the hands of a criminal. It was stolen sometime last week, but the exact timeline is unknown. Possibly, Tuesday May 14.

Before a weekend trip on Friday, Scout Master for Troop 350, Randy Thacker, said they realized it was gone. Inside the trailer was thousands of dollars worth of camping supplies and other items the Boy Scouts use to learn different skill sets.

"Skills, such as pioneering polls, rope, youth axe, to teach them how to do all that," Thacker said. "It is not a good thing. It is a set-back. And, we are going to use it as a learning opportunity because the boys will decide what equipment we need to purchase and what priority and figure out how to get the equipment and raise the funds through fundraising efforts."

The 40 Scout members of the troop will do more fundraisers or donation drives to replace the items lost. The estimate for what everything will cost is in the thousands.

"I was kind of mad, who would do this? It's stupid," Barrett Vance said.

Vance is a Star Scout who said he is upset the items they worked so hard to buy are gone.

"It is a bunch of useless stuff to you, but useful to the scouts in our troop," Vance said. "We are going to have to figure out what to buy at the next campout."

The trailer was stolen out of the church parking lot where they have meetings on Monday nights. County Line United Methodist Church is located on 1183 County Line Rd. A Scout member said he saw a white pick-up truck driving off with the trailer last week.

The trailer has tag number GA TL4G056 and is 6 feet by 12 feet and there are dents on the side door from previous vandalism. There are a number of holes that were covered up with duct tape.

"We were all just kind of amazed someone would come into a church and steal from a bunch of Boy Scouts," said Kyle Roberts, a Boy Scout. "We are not used to having people steal."

For more information on how you can help Troop 350 click here.

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