Brazen thieves target Silverdale Boy Scout troop

SILVERDALE, Wash. -- A group of Silverdale Boy Scouts learned some hard lessons this week after they discovered a thief had stolen their gear.

On Monday night, someone broke into a store room inside a local VFW Hall and pillaged packs, tarps, propane, bows and arrows and sleeping bags from scout troop 1539.

"So much money that we earned, so much stuff that we paid for with money that we earned. A lot of it's just gone," said Christian Powell.

The burglar or burglars hauled away all they could carry and stashed the rest in the woods, but they waited too long to come back for it and some of the gear was discovered.

The irony is that if the crooks would have come to the scouts for help, they likely would have got what they needed.

"If the person needed help, we're the one group that would have helped him," said scout leader Sherry Bougan. "The food they stole is food we give to homeless people and to veterans in need."

The scouts serve steaks to local veterans once a month. For one of the scouts, the fact that those steaks were stolen is the ultimate betrayal.

"(They) stole a whole bunch of them and the rest of them they left on the ground. Excuse me?" said Benjamin Kieifels.

A locksmith arrived at the hall on Wednesday to beef up the locks, and Bougan vowed not to let the theft slow her boys down.

"They'll bounce back," she said. "It won't stop them from doing the community service and the camping they need to do. We'll keep going."

The scouts themselves are a little wiser to the world, but they won't stop working to help others.

"We do nice things for other people. We help people and we help America and the rest of the world," Powell said.

The Kitsap County sheriff's office is investigating the case.

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