KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro Boy Scout troop was shocked and saddened when thieves stole a trailer filled with all their camping gear. But Thursday night - they're relieved it was found -- just a few blocks from where it was taken.
Joe Nastasi told FOX 4 on Monday that the 7-by-14 foot trailer was secured with a hitch lock in the church parking lot, but that didn't deter the thief or thieves.
"It appears they must have used some kind of sledgehammer to bust that open. We found part of that mechanism on the ground. They had to work on it pretty good, we believe,” Nastasi said.
And when it disappeared, Troop 62 thought they'd never see it again, so imagine their surprise when their trailer - and everything inside it - showed up in a storage lot close to the church parking lot where it was stolen a few days ago.
Troop leaders say it appears the thieves couldn't break the lock, and apparently decided to ditch the stolen goods.
One Eagle Scout described his troop's roller coaster of emotions - from when they first found out their trailer was gone -- to Thursday’s great news.
“Disappointment, sadness, we didn`t think that we`d ever possibly see it again and really now that it`s back, it`s just a relief,” said Jesse Nastasi.
One day after the theft, troop leaders set up a GoFundMe account to try to raise money to replace the stolen gear. Dozens of people donated more than $3,400 in just four days, and now leaders are exploring options to return money to the donors since the trailer has been recovered.
As for the criminal investigation, police have not made any arrests in this case. If you know anything, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.