OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A Coast Boy Scout troop is in disbelief after a large portion of their equipment was stolen recently in Jackson County. Now, they are trying to raise money to replace the missing items.
Ocean Springs Troop 211 meet at St. Alphonsus Church each week. That's where the 6x9 foot enclosed trailer belonging to the troop was sitting outside when it was stolen. Inside that trailer was all of the equipment the troop owned. Among the stolen equipment was camping gear, handmade tools and gear, and countless other inventory items.
Troop leader Robert Malloch said it was around $6,000 worth of things that were stolen, which includes the amount of the trailer. While the stolen items were important and necessary to the troop, Malloch says it was much more to the boys than just stealing material things.
"What they did is really put a kink in some boys' outdoor adventures," said Malloch. "This is something that they thoroughly enjoy and you know the mission of the scouts is to develop young adults, develop boys to be good adults. And if anything else, the positive side of this is these boys got firsthand experience that the really ugly parts of humans can interrupt other people's lives."
A police report was filed but so far no leads have surfaced. If you have any information about the stolen trailer or the items inside, please contact Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211.