Scout Master Terry Luckett says he was shocked after he pulled into the parking lot of St. Stephen Catholic Community on Tuesday and saw nothing in the parking space where their trailer is kept but a few bricks.
“I see that one of the trailers are gone,” said Luckett, Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America Troop 1204.
A trailer belonging to the troop, filled with camping gear for 40 to 60 boy scouts, had been stolen.
“You have to be pretty desperate to do that kind of stuff,” he said.
Thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment will now have to be replaced.
“Tents, stoves, lanterns,” Luckett said.
“Cooking utensils, pots, pans,” he continued.
It’s a huge blow to the group which goes camping about once a month.
“Camping is what the Boy Scouts do,” Luckett said. “It’s going to be hard to do that now without that gear.”
Luckett says the troop kept the trailer parked in the same spot at the church for years and always kept it locked.
No arrests have been made.
Luckett says whoever stole the trailer, stole from kids who probably could have helped if that person was in need.
“If somebody came up and said, ‘I need some help,’ if we can’t personally help them, we’ll point them in the right direction,” he said.
Some scouts say losing all their equipment hurt but even so, they plan on moving forward.
“It definitely hit me hard because we use that stuff pretty often,” said 17-year-old Star Scout, Andrew Cloid. “We’ll have to do a lot of fundraising to replace it.”
“It has a lot of value to us,” said 14-year-old Life Scout, Samuel Rumbley.
Anyone with information is asked to call Mt. Juliet Police 615-754-2550.