KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police are searching for a parade float that they say was stolen from someone's lawn.
Officials say it happened on the 6000 block of Villa Road in North Knoxville sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.
The trailer belongs to the Fountain City baseball park. A Boy Scout troop was going to use it for the Fountain City Christmas Parade on Saturday. It was stolen from Steve Self's yard, which is on a dead end street. Self's son is in Boy Scout Troop 13.
"We brought it back here Tuesday night, and then someone stole it last night," Self said. "We all kind of know each other. I don't have any idea who would have taken it."
A canoe sitting on top of the trailer was also stolen, but it was found Thursday morning off another dead end street in the same neighborhood.
"Looked out there and saw this boat. I said 'It doesn't belong there. It's too nice of a boat.' So I went back in and called the police," said Thomas Hinkley, the neighbor who spotted the canoe.
Police then contacted Self's father Dave Ringley. Ringley is the troop leader who reported the missing items Thursday morning.
"I'm not real sure why anybody steals anything, and right next to it was a Boy Scout trailer, so it's pretty obvious that it was a float," Ringley said.
Ringley says he thinks the canoe was dumped because it was too easy to spot on the trailer.
"They probably were after the trailer, not the canoe, because the trailer is worth about $2,000," Ringley said.
The trailer is still missing, but Ringley says they will have another one to use for the parade.
"We can't let thieves slow us down. We're still going to go forward. Scouting is still fun and still the right way to be, and maybe if these guys would have been in scouts, they wouldn't have done what they did," Ringley said.
Ringley says he hopes his insurance will cover the cost of the trailer, but if not, he will have to raise the money to buy a new trailer.
A Boy Scout trailer was stolen from a church in Halls in 2008. That trailer and its contents were worth about $10,000.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of the float, call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7212.