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Another trailer stolen from local boy scouts

Stolen boy scouts trailer. Photo" Natha Shipshock.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- The Richland County Sheriff's Department is investigating a stolen trailer taken from the local Boy Scouts of America.

Leaders with Troop 900 discovered that the trailer had been taken this weekend from where it had been held at the Windsor United Methodist Church in Columbia.

"It's sad because it's going to have to be re-earned and it took so many years to build that stuff up as it is," said Natha Shipshock, who founded the troop in 2010. "And it just makes me mad. It makes me really angry."

Charlotte Schroeder, a committee member with the troop, says this comes right before a camping trip that was planned for the boys.

"After we've been teaching them about giving back to the community, to say, somebody came in and stole their trailer, that's going to be hard," said Schroeder.

Leaders say the 14-foot trailer held items the boys had bought with fundraising money and/or had collected over the years. Items now gone include camping tents, stoves, first aid kits, coffee pots and much more.

Shipshock says the estimated damages stand to be about a $15,000 loss.

"When I started this unit, it was with six boys," said Shipshock, shaking her head. "And it's like, starting from scratch was hard. And starting from scratch after having someone take someone from you...is just so hard."

Two weeks ago, WACH FOX 57 News investigated another trailer stolen from Boy Scout Troop 60 in Gilbert.

Shipshock says they did receive a call from the RCSD saying a Boy Scout trailer had been recovered off of Shop Road, the remains scattered into the road and nearby area.

It did not belong to Troop 900.

"It belonged to another troop who had theirs stolen," said Shipshock.

There are certain markings on some of the equipment within the trailer that may make the stolen items more identifiable.

Meanwhile, WACH FOX is continuing to look into the thefts. At this time, there is no confirmation from authorities that the cases are related.

Anyone with any information on this incident should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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