Stolen Boy Scout trailer recovered
Propane grill, sleeping bag only contents remaining
A trailer belonging to Boy Scout Troop No. 76 in Cassville has been recovered in Newton County after it was stolen from beside the scout house on Mill Street on the weekend following May 19.
Det. Danny Boyd, with the Cassville Police Department, said the trailer was found near the Newton County line, with only a propane grill and a green sleeping bag recovered.
Boyd said he has yet to receive the full report from Newton County, which will need to be placed in Cassville police’s records, and he is not aware of any suspects at this time.
The find came two days after the scouts asked for assistance in replacing the load of camping gear, and donations have been pouring in.
Joining forces on the morning of May 24 to help make the troop’s June 4 camping trip possible were the employees of First State Bank and Cassville Rotary Club, who donated $325 in equipment to the scouts, the majority of their list of needs.
“Amanda Lee, in our Monett office, saw a news report on what happened, and she set up the process of donating merchandise back to the troop,” said Landon Fletcher, president of First State Bank. “Rotary has always sponsored the Boy Scouts, and they help us by volunteering at our Rodeo, Bull Blast and Demolition Derby. First state joined in to help just to add to the amount of money available.”
Along with those two, Cox Monett Hospital has donated plastic cutlery, plates and cleaning supplies; a National Guard reservist is working on first aid kits, as is Ray Thomas, a paramedic with CoxHealth; Arning is donating time and fliers of the trailer; Post electric in Monett donated $100; Les Jacobs donated tents; and Arvest employees in Cassville donated a $25 gift card. Calls have been coming in from across Missouri and Arkansas, and even as far away as Virginia.
“I’m overwhelmed in the best way possible,” said Lois Deener, treasurer for the troop. “It’s been amazing how the community has supported us, and it’s not just been our community, but statewide and beyond.”
Deener said about $8,000 to $10,000 of equipment was being housed in the trailer, which was stolen sometime after Friday night and reported on Monday morning. It was allegedly stolen from the scout house on Mill Street.
“We told the boys at the Monday meeting, and their heads went straight to, ‘What are we going to do? We won’t be able to go camping,’” Deener said. “But, we told them it would all work out and we’d still get to go.
“We [told] them about the donations at a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the scout house, and if they are anything like me, they will let out a ‘whoop.’”
Upon seeing the gear, three of the scouts, Richard Fohn, Braden Garcia and Hunter Annecharico, were rendered speechless. The group commented how nice the new gear was, and how generous it was for the Rotary Club and First State Bank to make the donations.
When Deener asked the trio what they plan to cook with the new pans, bacon was an obvious first, followed by eggs and sausage, and maybe even pancakes with the new mixing bowls at hand.
After seeing the new gear, the scouts got another surprise, a new U.S. Flag donated by the Voyles family. The troop is still looking to get a troop flag, as both flags must be displayed at the entrance of their campsite.
Deener said the troop still needs a few items, mostly small, miscellaneous camping gear.
“We still need things like sleeping bags and knives, basically all the little things you wouldn’t think of but were in that trailer,” she said.
A list of items needed for the June 4 camping trip includes:
• 1 lantern in soft Coleman cases
• 1 8-inch crescent wrench
• 1 propane stoves, 2 burner
• 2 propane hoses, 5 inches
• 2 propane “trees” to put lanterns on
• 1 Troop 76 Troop Flag
• 2 flag stands
• 1 green plastic chair
• Miscellaneous food items
• Receiver hitch
Anyone wishing to donate may contact Gary Wood at 417-342-4513, or at Arning Companies, Inc.