Boy Scout trailers stolen, thousands of dollars in camping equipment inside

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BETHANY, Okla. -- Two trailers stolen in the metro, filled to the brim with Boy Scout supplies. What's worse: they were stolen from the parking lot of a Bethany church.

"It's the Lord's house, and it's still the Lord's property," said Bryce Albauer, member of the troop. "It's also stealing from the Boy Scouts."

For Troop 553, Monday's meeting was anything but ordinary.

"We came back [Monday] night for our regular troop meeting," said Bob Albauer, Scout Master. "[Troops] came running up to the car to tell us that our trailers were gone."

Turns out they were taken right from the Saint Marks United Methodist Church, leaving nothing behind but a bit of metal.

"The only piece we were able to find was this little piece of the hitch lock," said Bob.

The two trailers were invaluable to the scouts, but it's what's inside of one of them that's really troubling the troop.

"That was a lot of stuff that was stolen," said Scout member Jacob Smith.

From tents and ovens, to ice chests and propane bottles,  the trailer held everything the scouts would need for the great outdoors.

Bob said it would cost the scouts close to $30,000 to replace all they lost.

"Who you're hurting is the youth of the church, and of the scouting program."

With their next trip around the corner, the scouts say it'll be business as usual, but they do hope that anyone who may have seen their trailers will come forward.

"One of my favorite quotes from Rocky is 'life`s not about how hard you hit, it`s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward,' " said Scout Josiah Smith. "That`s what we`re going to do as a group, and as individuals."

The trailer can be pictured in the video above, anyone with information should contact the Bethany Police Department.

A fund to replace the stolen property has been created.

Any gifts may be sent to St. Mark's United Methodist Church

8140 N.W. 36th St.

Bethany, OK 73008

Organizers ask that you list Boy Scout Troop 553 Trailer Fund in the memo line.

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