A San Antonio Boy Scout group was left empty handed after a trailer, filled with necessities for their 67 members, was cleaned out.
"He got some crowbars in there and pried it all off,” said Scott Kruse, describing how the thief gained entrance to the trailer.
Kruse, the Scoutmaster for Troop 475, said the contents of the trailer ranged from a cast-iron griddle to Dutch ovens to 15 tents.
"At this point, we estimate it’s going to cost us close to $14,000 to replace the stuff that’s missing in the trailer,” said Kruse.
Between Sunday, July 7, and Monday, July 8, the trailer, which had been parked at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church on Highway 281, was stolen.
The thief went to great lengths to pull off the heist, including breaking through chains that were wrapped around the axels.
"They must have been a huge set of bolt-cutters, because our Scoutmaster just found links on the ground from the chain,” said Kruse.
Police, according to Kruse, later found the trailer near Highway 90 and Rigsby attached to a stolen truck.
"This guy had stolen a dually pickup to steal our trailer,” explained Kruse.
The thief also attempted to paint over the Boy Scout’s logo to hide the fact that the trailer was stolen.
"The boys are shocked, but you know, the boys are resilient,” said Kruse of his troop.
They do, however, need some help, as the trailer was not insured.
Repairs to the trailer may push the overall cost to near $20,000. If you would like to make a donation, you can visit the troop’s website at www.troop475.net
As for the criminal, Kruse said the police have a suspect and are working on tracking him down.