Thieves steal thousands of dollars worth of items from a Girl Scouts camp
HULBERT, Okla. (KTUL) -- Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma's Camp Pauline Williams, and the Cherokee Sheriff's Office is now on the hunt for those responsible.
"This is something that really seems to have hit them hard," said Undersheriff Jason Chennault.
In eight years serving as CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Roberta Preston said she's never dealt with theft or vandalism like this.
"It is unsettling to think that somebody is at the camp when we're not there," said Preston.
The sheriff's office said over $6,500 worth of maintenance and yard equipment was stolen while no one was at the camp.
A property manger discovered the missing items.
"These people had a lot of time to do what they did and had a lot of time to get it out of there," said Chennault. "I can't think of anything recently where we've had this big of a monetary value, mostly it's just little stuff that's taken."
Since there were no witnesses or surveillance video, the sheriff's office is relying on tips from the community about who could've done this.
"This is sad; it happened to a group of people, of girls, that help the community and that's what we want to do is help them," said Chennault.
Preston says they're selling Camp Polly and don't use it anymore.
However, this equipment they will have to replace was going to two other camps in the area.
"We depend upon donations from the community, and we also run on proceeds from the sale of cookies." said Preston, but she added, if the culprit or culprits are found, they won't let them off free.
"One of the tenants of Girl Scouts is to be responsible for what you say or do, so I think we would hold somebody accountable for what they did," said Preston.
The sheriff's office said the Girl Scouts gave them serial numbers for all the missing equipment.
That information will be stored in the National Crime Information Center.