UPDATE: A portion of the stolen camping equipment taken from a Boy Scout trailer has been recovered. Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich tells 6 News that an Eaton County Road Commission crew found a stack of gear this morning at the entrance to Delta Mills Park. The Boy Scout troop was contacted and identified the equipment as a part of the items that were in the trailer when it was stolen last week.
Even though about a quarter of the scouting stuff has been found, a good chunk of it is still missing. But, Troop 111 Scoutmaster Alan Wright said the boys will now be able to go on their camping trip in January.
He said although it’s an unfortunate circumstance, the last 24 hours has been lucky.
“I kind of get choked up every time I think about it,” Wright said. “That people care that much about scouting and the trouble that these boys are going through. There’s even little notes with some of the donations saying “I was a scout once, I know what this equipment means…” or “it broke my heart that people would steal from boys.”
Police are working to track down leads to find out the person or people responsible for this. If you have any information, authorities are asking that you contact your local police department.
Sheriff Reich asks people to contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office if they should see any scouting-type equipment that appears to be abandoned.
PORTLAND, MI (WLNS) – A man from Portland saw an ad on Facebook last week that listed a trailer for sale.
He bought it and thought it was a clean sale until something didn’t feel right. Turns out, it was loaded with a bunch of Boy Scout memorabilia and had been reported stolen by Troop 111 last week.
“I mean, who steals from boy scouts and who steals from a church,” Troop 111 Scoutmaster, Alan Wright said. “I mean even if you didn’t know what was in the trailer, they stole something from a church.”
That’s the question police are working to answer Tuesday night, after a trailer, which belongs to Boy Scout Troop 111 in Lansing, was stolen last week and the person or people who took it tried to make a buck or two off it, themselves.
“Someone tried to sell our trailer to, and actually somebody in Portland bought it this morning and when he dropped it off he said, “oh I have to empty some equipment out of it, was taking out tents and dining fly and some other things like that,” Wright said.
The good news is: the troop’s trailer has been found. The bad news: thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment including tents, camping stools, and meaningful items that were inside are all still missing.
“Troop 111 is over 50 years old so we’ve accumulated our stuff over many years,” Wright said. “Our rough estimate is anywhere between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of equipment were inside the trailer.”
“We’re not certain if the person who sold the trailer is the same person responsible for the theft,” Portland Police Chief David Kirk said.
Police in Portland are following a couple of leads; in the meantime, Chief Kirk said in situations like this, if it looks or feels suspicious, it probably is.
“And maybe it is a good deal, but in instances like this where it just doesn’t seem right, a lot of times it isn’t,” Chief Kirk said. “So if there’s any concerns about that, just to avoid being in possession of stolen property or having some problems that may come along with it you can always contact the police.”
The one thing keeping Troop 111 strong, none other than the scouts honor.
“Part of the law is that you’re cheerful, that you’re positive, that you’re upbeat, and that you problem solve,” Wright said. “And that’s what the boys immediately started to do.”
Troop 111 has set up a link on it’s website to accept donations from the public, if you wish to help them restock the troop trailer click here.
In the meantime, there’s other ways you can help, if you have any information regarding this incident contact police at (517) 647-7521. Remember, you can remain anonymous.