Boy Scouts Troop Trailer Stolen

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A metro boy scout troop is wondering who would steal their trailer and ransack it for items Sunday.

Independence police said Jackson County deputies discovered Boy Scout Troop 226's trailer abandoned in Lincoln Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Troop Scout Master David Lyons said he noticed it was missing in the morning from it's usual spot in the parking lot of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

"Panic runs through you and you just kind of go frantic because you realize this is a program for the boys and you realize all their gear is on board this trailer," Lyons said.

Lyons said 30 boy scouts are impacted by the theft because they use it on their overnight trips.

"When we go camping, this trailer goes with us and it has all out gear on it, sleeping bags and tents, ground cloths, the whole works," he said.

Lyons estimates about $8,200 in stolen items.  Lyons said three patrol cases were taken. That had some cooking utensils and other items in it.  He also said tents and tarp was taken. Garrett Giles, a member, said that's important for weather-related problems.

"We have no problems sleeping under the stars or what not, but like it if ever rains, we always like to have the tents there as kind of a back-up," Giles said.

Lyons said eight years ago, their trailer was broken into and all the items were taken.

"The difference is, they didn't take the trailer that weekend, they just opened it up and took everything out of it then. So then we had to raise a lot of money," Lyons said.

He said their next overnight trip is about one month away.

But troop members said they'll use what they've learned from being a part of the program to move forward.

"No matter how hard life hits you you always have to get right back up and try again because it's not going to get better if you don't," Giles said.

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