Scouts’ good deed was punished by a seemingly random act of crime. Now a reward is offered and Medford Police need the public’s help to set things right.
It all started on Sat., April 13.
“The victims are the kids in this volunteer program,” Medford Police Lt. Darrell Graham said. “While these kids are out cleaning up garbage at the Pear Blossom the trailer was taken.”
After participating in the parade, Scout Troop 5 of 57 young people picked up trash from the event as community service work. During that same time, one of their trailer was stolen from the Eastwood Baptist Church parking lot located at 675 N Keene Way Dr.
The white trailer is unmarked but remarkable in its design.
“It was homemade on a truck axle. So it sits rather high. It’s completely enclosed and had a rear opening door. On top of it was a ladder rack,” Graham said.
It was a 4×8 sheet metal trailer. Inside there was two stoves for breakfasts and meals with a propane tank.
Troop 5 Advancement Chair and parent Rachel Ridge said the stolen trailer and equipment inside is valued at $4,500.
Graham said it’s likely the thieves want to turn the stolen property for cash.
“They could try to sell it on craigslist or pawn it, possibly,” Graham said. “Any information on a trailer that is similar to what we are describing we’ll follow-up on it. It can be anonymous.”
The troop uses the stoves and trailer for pancake breakfasts and other fundraisers to fund community service projects and activities they do throughout the community all year round.
“These kids are out serving the community, it helps them sponsor some of the work they do throughout the year and now they’ve lost their ability to raise that money,” Graham said. “It’s important if you see this trailer help these kids out, who are helping the community. Call in and give us a tip and help us find this trailer and return it to them.”
If you have any information regarding this case please call, or TEXT, Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580 and refer to case number KTVL 041619.
Depending on the case and the information given, Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and filing of charges. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Rogue Credit Union.