Auburn Boy Scout troop seeks answers after equipment theft

Troop 15 equipment stolen in Auburn, looking for answers
Published: Nov. 8, 2014 at 3:55 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2014 at 8:36 PM EST
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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Scout Master Todd Sandt, of Auburn Troop 15, had to tell his group of 37 boys this week their trailer full of equipment had been stolen from the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church.

"I thought someone had borrowed the trailer maybe to work on it, but through the process of elimination we found it was stolen," Sandt said.

The standard 12-foot, single axle white trailer was taken within the last week and contains $3,000 worth of equipment used for troop trips, including one scheduled for this weekend.

"It was kind of disheartening to come out here for a camp out and realize or trailer had been taken," assistant Troop Master Graham Hurley said.

"We use it for our monthly camp outs and it includes tents, equipment, stoves, propane tanks, tables, just everything you need to take on a camping trip," Sandt said.

Not letting their misfortune keep them down, the troop boarded their bus this afternoon for one of their trips.

"We are actually going down to Pensacola to watch the Blue Angels," Hurley said.

An amazing group of young people, the troop has racked up nearly 1,400 hours of community service this year, helping dozens of agencies in the area. 

They are living out their mission of supporting each other and maintaining the code of conduct, not letting this selfish act stand in their way. 

"I would want them to hear that there are 37 boys out there very disappointed right now," Sandt said.

Tax deductible donations can be made to Troop 15 through their 501 3(c) charter organization: Auburn Outdoor Adventures, Inc., P.O Box 634, Auburn, AL 36830.

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