News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- A local Boy Scout troop has a lot of questions for the thieves who stole their trailer out of a church parking lot.
Troop 40 is based at Oakey Grove Baptist Church in Evans. For months, they've left their trailer with all their equipment locked up in the corner of the lot, but Thursday night the spot sat empty.
Rex Wright has been a Boy Scout since he was 8 years old.
"The Boy Scout motto is be prepared. Be prepared for anything," he said.
But he says it was nearly impossible to be prepared for what happened Monday night. Their trailer, with all their equipment inside, was stolen from the church parking lot.
"Never crossed my mind that somebody would actually do that," said Scout mom Leila Toatley.
"It's like having the wind taken out of your body," added Pastor Wright of Oakey Grove Baptist Church.
Pastor Wright says they noticed it was missing Tuesday morning, but when he realized when it was stolen it was even more shocking.
"They were pulling the trailer off the property while the men were in choir rehearsal so they did it while we were actually here at the church," explained Pastor Wright. "That's very bold."
Surveillance video caught a dark colored SUV coming into the parking lot around 7:50 Monday night. It then continued to drive up and down the aisles for about three minutes before spotting the trailer in the back corner. At that point they went, hooked up the trailer to the car and took off. They were out of the parking lot by 7:54.
The 6 foot by 12 foot trailer is white on the outside and unmarked with a sunroof and a side door. On the inside is all of their scouting equipment that's taken them years to accumulate.
"We use equipment inside the trailer for service projects and to just go camping," said Toatley.
"If they knew how much time we put into that trailer and how much effort that took would they really think twice about stealing it?," added Rex.
For the boys, it's not just about the equipment.
"There are so many memories for us in there. All the camp outs we've been through, the times that we've had, the laughs, all the time we spent together and a part of that was just taken away," said Rex.
They have a camping trip planned in just two weeks and had actually just inventoried and cleaned the whole trailer on Saturday. Most of the equipment they had was through donations or fundraisers
The sheriff's office has the surveillance video, but no suspects at this point. Pastor Wright says you can see two men in the video.
If you have any information call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
If you want to help the troop you can call Oakey Grove Baptist Church at 706-863-4215.