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Trailer full of Harvey relief items stolen from church in Burleson

Security camera footage shows thieves stealing trailer meant for Harvey relief

The theft occurred on Aug. 31. The congregation and community has since filled the trailer back up and still intends to deliver the goods to Rockport.
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The theft occurred on Aug. 31. The congregation and community has since filled the trailer back up and still intends to deliver the goods to Rockport.

Burleson police are looking for two men they believe stole a trailer full of supplies collected by an area church to be sent to Rockport for Harvey relief.

After the congregation and community surrounding Joshua Baptist Church filled the trailer with donations, it vanished from church property Aug. 31. Thieves cut the trailer hitch lock, hooked the trailer to their truck and simply drove away, the Burleson Police Department said in a Facebook post, which has been shared more than 1,200 times.

A few hours later, the trailer was found empty in south Fort Worth, near the intersection of Alta Mesa Boulevard and Camelot Road.

The thieves’ truck appeared to be a green and tan Ford F-150, extended cab or four-door model.

In a reply to the Burleson PD post, a representative of Joshua Baptist Church said, “our church and community rallied together, and we have refilled the trailer to 75% capacity!”

The truck in these images stole a church trailer that was loaded with supplies to be sent to Houston for Hurricane...

Posted by Burleson Police Department Texas on Thursday, September 7, 2017

They are hoping to have it filled by the weekend. Co-pastor Andrew Wolfenbarger said they still plan to send a full trailer to Houston to distribute the donations, hopefully by Saturday.

“Even if we don’t fill it back up with donations, we’ll send a staff member to Sam’s to fill up the rest of the trailer,” Wolfenbager said. “The response we’ve gotten in the last day or so, it speaks volumes. The reason I live in Texas is because it’s full of great, great people. This episode only goes to confirm that in my mind.”

Burleson police are encouraging anyone with information on the green truck or the men who made off with the trailer to call investigator Scott Bartlett, with the auto theft task force, at 817-728-3913.

Fort Worth Police and the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office are looking for these 10 fugitives. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667, @MCTinez817

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