Thieves clean out scouts
‘‘Why steal off the kids?’’ frustrated Tokoroa Scout group leader Carmel Middlebrook said after the group’s base was ransacked recently.
In one swoop most of the contents of their Atiamuri base were stolen.
‘‘It is just so frustrating because the stuff that was stolen is our survival equipment. It is just really frustrating,’’ she said.
The stolen equipment includes cooking gear, bedding and chairs.
‘‘When we got there this year on Queen’s Birthday weekend someone had been there before us and broken into ‘paradise’. They had jimmied a window open and taken our gas cookers, cooking gear, deck chairs, stretchers, curtains, bedding, the airbed, all our fishing gear, two large plastic boxes full of kitchen equipment and spare bedding.’’
Mrs Middlebrook also said the perpetrators had unscrewed window fittings and stolen them as well as the first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
‘‘A lot of this gear was there purely for emergency use to keep our kids safe while they are in my care. I have to ask, why steal off the kids?
‘‘We do our best to with almost nothing to give these kids life skills and instil pride in what they are doing and are part of and someone does this to them,’’ she added.
Mrs Middlebrook believes those responsible used the neighbouring river to aid their plans.
‘‘I think that’s how they got there and how they got away.’’