SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - A local Boy Scout troop says thieves stole their trailer filled with equipment and $5,000 in South City last week. This week, the troop is celebrating with a new trailer thanks to the generosity of a local veteran.
The trailer, belonging to Troop 52, was parked behind New Covenant Church in the Holly Hills neighborhood. Thieves cut two different locks to steal the trailer late Sunday night or early Monday morning, the troop says.
The trailer was worth $3,000 and inside was $2,000 worth of equipment and supplies.
“I was blown away, that’s like 15 years down the drain,” said Irene Savoldi, the leader of Troop 52.
After News 4's story aired, a veteran named Andrew Eisele offered to help. He said he was touched by what happened and wanted to do his part to assist Troop 52 in getting back on its feet.
Almost a week after the troop's trailer was stolen, Eisele presented the troop with a trailer donation, locks and a $300 check to go toward stolen supplies and equipment. The $300 check contribution was made possible by the Mehlville VFW Post 2184.
Eisele said it was an honor to help.
“These are our little brothers and sisters and somebody has to look out for them and our motto is we don't leave a solider on the battlefield," Eisele said.
Eisele is now challenging other businesses to donate to Troop 52.
St. Louis City police say 12 trailer thefts have been reported in the city in the past two months, including the theft of a trailer that left a South City business out $100,000.
The troop’s trailer is still missing and is described as a white 2006 Pace American Trailer, with Missouri license plate number 22D6GJ. It has no Boy Scout markings on it.
Anyone with information is asked to call St. Louis police.