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Trailer Theft Hurts Religious Retreat for Disabled

Posted August 11, 2007

— A spiritual retreat for mentally and physically disabled adults is in jeopardy after a trailer containing supplies was stolen in Raleigh.

The trailer was filled with supplies for Biblical dramas the retreat participants put on, organizers said.

"It had our props. It had our costumes. It had everything," said Amy Moore, the organizers' daughter. Amy has autism and lives in a group home that participates in the retreat.

The retreat is missing dozens of robes, crosses, "costumes for Jesus and John the Baptist and disciples," said Carol Moore, who has organized the retreat with her husband, Chuck Moore, for the past 10 years.

Without those supplies, participants will get less enjoyment from performing the Biblical dramas, Carol said.

"They just live for this. They feel and experience the story," Carol said. "Those (the costumes and props) are the visual stimuli. Those things are gone."

Retreat participants said they're disappointed by the theft.

"Who in his right mind would this kind of thing? Who?" asked Tommy Onorato, a retreat participant and group home resident.

This year's retreat, which is scheduled in less than a month, will go on, despite the theft, organizers said.

Several area churches have donated their costumes to help out the retreat.

Chuck said he'd be willing to overlook the theft if the costumes and other supplies returned.

"We have to go. We have to have the faith that he will prepare us and equip us to do what he's called us to do. Trust in God," Carol said.

Raleigh police are searching for a 1997 black trailer with an aluminum top.


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  • TheDecider Aug 12, 2007

    So why doesn't WRAL publish a full description of the trailer and its license plate number??? Do they want these awesome people to recover their trailer and equipment or do the setup for more stories/ratings? I'm sure they'll yank this comment, but it's a valid question.

  • LEO2 Aug 12, 2007

    Hope they find the stuff. However even though the stuff is worthless to the thieves, they will probably burn it or otherwise dispose of it.

  • strolling bones Aug 12, 2007

    them trailors are worth a lot...they will ditch the contents...and take the trailor...

  • strolling bones Aug 12, 2007

    i attempted to google but couldnt...need a local phone book...

  • strolling bones Aug 12, 2007

    i got an extra 10 bucks...someone get an email for these people and we can do it thru paypal...paypal being blood suckers will take a percentage but it would be the quickest way. One of you could call these people...get their email and post it on here.

  • Made In USA Aug 12, 2007

    What would it take to start up a fund for these less fortunate neighbors of ours to replace the trailer and items that were stolen? This would be a great community project for the community.

  • redwarrior Aug 12, 2007

    Well, who ever stole that stuff is going to hell....

  • skinnycow Aug 11, 2007

    I agree with pwilliamson. Hopefully they have already realized that the items taken were of no use to them and left them somewhere and not just throw it away for fear of getting caught. I guess it is safe to say they have no conscious since they are out "looting" so it wouldn't be a surprise to me if they are not moved at the thought of doing the right thing. People's hearts are growing more cold and uncaring. This is a very disheartening story. I am hoping for a safe return for all items stolen and I hope those items are in good condition.

  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Aug 11, 2007

    I volunteer with a ministry group that has equipment/supplies in towed trailers. Over the years, they've been vandalized a very few times, but never has anyone tried to steal one.

    I would suggest these folks might consider something we've done that seems to prevent anyone from attempting to drive off with one of the trailers. On the sides and back of each of them is boldly printed the name and logo of the ministry. This makes the trailers VERY obvious should anyone try to drive off with one. Prayers are with you all that your supplies are returned undamaged, as well as the trailer.

  • pwilliamson53 Aug 11, 2007

    To the thieves that took this trailer, have a heart and leave it somewhere where it can be recovered. Those people can't enjoy alot of things life offers, at least show some compassion and do the right thing. Congratulations on the group not letting this destroy the will and their heart to continue reguardless of what some "stupid" person done.