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Trailers belonging to local Boy Scout troop found, along with other missing items

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Jun 28, 2021

WALKER, Mich. — Police have found a pair of trailers allegedly stolen from a local Boy Scout troop.

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In a news release, the Walker Police Department said the trailers were recovered on Friday following a tip.

“It’s nice to have them back,” said Scoutmaster Chris Burlew, BSA Troop 281. “They seem road worthy.”

Last weekend, the troop filed a report after the trailers went missing from American Legion Post 179. At the time, the trailers contained camping supplies, like tents and camp kitchens.

Some of the stolen Boy Scout equipment was located in the trailers. Additionally, its logos were stripped off and painted over in some spots. Police also found a large amount of tools and construction equipment that did not belong to the troop. That property has been linked to several larceny victims in Ottawa County according to police.

Detectives have identified a person of interest in the thefts, but did not release any further descriptions.

Burlew says the incident is a learning opportunity for the troop.

“We’ll get to learn insurance process and police procedure,” said Burlew. “Now we get to learn how to repaint and refinish trailers and rebuild stuff. At the end of it, it will turn out to be a really good experience for them.”

The troop has started a GoFundMe account to raise money to repair the trailers.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Walker Police Department at (616) 791-6788 or Silent Observer at (616)774-2345.