Stolen Red Cross Mobile Trailer Found Empty and Severly Damaged

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email

The American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter is asking for the public's help in restocking and repairing their mobile care trailer after it was stolen, completely emptied out and severely damaged.

Earlier this month, someone stole one of the Chapter's Disaster Relief Trailers filled with Disaster Relief supplies. Pikes Peak Chapter Disaster Services Director, Jaici Murcia estimates the loss to the Red Cross at about $10,000.

The trailer and its contents was purchased six months ago. The trailer costs about $4,000 and the supplies, utilized to respond to disasters, cost between $5,000 and $6,000.

The mobile trailer was recovered by CSPD officers Wednesday afternoon. The trailer sustained significant damage and the contents are missing, but the Red Cross is relieved to know that the trailer should be back to the Red Cross by Monday or Tuesday of next week.

"The staff and volunteers of the Pikes Peak Chapter are extremely grateful to CSPD and the community for their help in recovering our stolen trailer. It's recovery is a victory for everyone in the community," said Thomas Gonzalez, CEO for the Pikes Peak Chapter.

The Pikes Peak Chapter is now asking for financial help from the community to help re-stock the trailer. Colorado Technical University stepped up to offer support earlier this week with a $1,000 donation to support the Chapter's efforts to re-stock the trailer. Donations can be mailed to 1040 S. 8th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

This isn't the first time the Red Cross has been struck by thieves. Last summer and again in the fall, someone siphoned all of the gas out of two of the Chapter's Disaster Response vehicle's fuel tanks.

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