A group of Albuquerque Boy Scouts are without their essential tools after crooks stole a trailer full of their camping gear. Now, they’re asking for the public’s help.
“We’re an 80-year old troop. One of the oldest troops in New Mexico,” says Chris Martin.
Martin is the charter representative for the Albuquerque Boy Scouts Troop 3.
Based at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Nob Hill, Martin says the last month has been difficult for the scouts.
“We’ve gotten a chain that’s twice the size of the one we had before because, unfortunately, they were able to cut through the other one like butter,” he says.
Thieves took the trailer full of the troop’s camping essentials. That trailer was sitting in the church’s parking lot. It took the scouts years to collect the items inside.
“Inside that trailer was pretty much everything we ever owned as a troop. All of our camping equipment. Everything for us to basically go on trips,” says Martin.
Martin says the troop normally has month camping trips but this break-in put them behind schedule.
“With this incident occurring, we had to cancel our camp out last month. Which was something we had been planning for quite some time,” Martin says.
A month later and Martin says police still don’t have leads on this case.
With the help of some good Samaritans, the scouts are starting to rebuild.
“Their junk is our treasure. We’re not really being picky,” he says.
Even though Martin and his troops don’t expect to see their trailer again, he hopes the people who took it can put it to good use.
“If they don’t return it, hopefully, they can give it to somebody who can utilize it. Sleeping bags are very handy nowadays,” says Martin.
The scouts will hold a donation event at the church on Saturday morning. They are asking anyone with household materials they are no longer using to drop them off so they can be used for future camping trips.
To donate to the scouts, you can visit their Facebook Page.