The Duncan Banner
For a day, Marlow Boy Scout leaders were wondering if summer camp in Colorado would be canceled after a trailer containing $6,000 to $8,000 worth of equipment was stolen. The trailer was later recovered by the Duncan Police officers at 13th Street and Poplar Avenue behind El Palacio.
Troop leader Carina Friedl discovered the trailer missing from the troop’s charger location at Marlow’s American Legion Tuesday afternoon.
“If you are going to steal, do not do it from the Boy Scouts,” Troop 4409 Adult Leader Mark Watson said. “They are helping people.”
“We had dug a hole, poured cement, anchored it with a chain into the ground and somebody pulled it up, chain and all. They took it, cement and everything,” Watson said.
The trailer contained thousands of dollars in camping equipment including five four-man tents, chuck boxes, sleeping bags, ice chests, water coolers, propane cooking equipment, cast iron cooking equipment and a variety of pots and pans.
The 12-foot by six foot by six foot trailer was discovered about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday behind El Palacio. The trailer, which originally was identifiable by the Boy Scout emblem painted on, had been vandalized so as not to show identifying marks.
“They scraped everything off the side to try to disguise it as much as possible,” Watson said.
Although the majority of the equipment was still inside, Watson said some of the camping equipment and the cots had been removed from the trailer before it was abandoned. He estimated about $1,500 worth of damages and stolen equipment.
Since the majority of the equipment was found, Watson does not expect it to ruin the troop’s plans for summer camps. The troop is currently raising money for summer camp by selling raffle tickets for a new shotgun.
“This just means were are going to have to sell more raffle tickets,” he said.
While the suspect is still at large, Watson said he is ecstatic to have the trailer back. He also said this is a good lesson to the Boy Scouts that you should leave things in the hand of law enforcement and go through the proper channels when these incidents occur.
“Do not take it into your own hands,” he said. “I think this is the best lesson we could teach through all this.”