Shortly after the Times reported how someone had robbed the Langley Lions charity, Paul Keeris got a call.
A woman from Fort Langley had read the story and wanted to donate a power generator to replace the one stolen from the Lions’ concession trailer.
“Brand-new in the box,” said Keeris.
The Lions club member was storing the trailer behind a locked-off chain-link fence next to his business when the theft occurred, some time on Sunday morning, Feb. 7.
Thieves towed the trailer away, then hacked off a lock on the door. They made off with $10,000 to $15,000 worth of equipment, including the pro-grade barbecue the club uses at public events.
A large shelter tent and other supplies were taken, too.
Surrey RCMP located the emptied trailer shortly after the theft was reported. It’s since been towed to Abbotsford for repairs.
The Langley charity is hoping other Good Samaritans will help them replace the gear they use to cook food at the annual Cruise-In fundraiser, provide hot breakfasts for school kids and raise funds for the B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Anyone interested in helping can contact Keeris at 604-888-7513. If you have any information that might assist with the criminal investigation, please call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and mention case #16/16872. Or call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).