Thieves clean out scouts

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

‘‘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.’’

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