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Thief Takes ,000 in Boy Scout Equipment

Posted April 29, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Wake County deputies say someone stole a utility trailer filled with camping supplies belonging to Boy Scout Troop 33.

Scouts who meet at Millbrook United Methodist Church are devastated. The combined value of the trailer and its contents was about $10,000. That was money the scouts had earned with car-washes and other fundraising activities. Troop 33 was formed 12 years ago.

Scout Albert Manson says the thief obviously has no respect for anyone or anything.

Scout Leader Art Ferguson says the boys put in a lot of work to earn the money to buy all that equipment.

To replace all the stoves, lanterns, tents, cooking gear and other stolen items, the troop will have to earn and spend all those thousands of dollars again.

The Wake County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft, but has few leads. They say the gear could be in another state by now or could be painted and sold. If you know anything about this crime, please call the sheriff's department at 919-856-6800.

The troop had planned to go on a camping trip the last weekend in May. Scout leaders say they're still planning to go and that, somehow, they'll find a way.

If you would like to send a contribution to help the scouts get back on their feet, you may call Marty Jones at 919-872-0319.