14ft trailer used by veterans stolen from VFW Post parking lot in Skiatook – FOX23 News
TULSA, Okla. –The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating a black 14-foot twin-axle trailer stolen from Gondles-Butler VFW Post 7977 in Skiatook last week.
VFW Post Commander James Glen said he believes the flatbed trailer, which they use to help veterans get around, and for parades, was removed from their parking lot between last Thursday night and Friday morning.
The Skiatook VFW post, which is a very active post with 72 members, devotes a lot of resources to helping veterans and community members.
Now they are asking for the public’s help in recovering their stolen trailer.
“The chain was wrapped around the telephone pole,” Glen explained, “on the trailer, and they just went in, like you can see the ties on the floor, just went in here and cut it right in the middle.”
Glen, who is a Desert Storm veteran, said someone stole the VFW Post’s 14-foot black twin-axle flatbed trailer from his parking lot in Skiatook between 9 a.m. Thursday night and 7 a.m. Friday morning.
He said tire tracks indicate whoever stole it left the parking lot and headed toward Sperry.
The parking lot is definitely owned by the VFW Post which has plenty of signage.
The post is also home to the District 5 Honor Guard, but there is no honor in what happened last week.
“It hurts,” Glen admitted, “I hate to use the word because it’s used so often but kinda violated.”
Glen said his position, which has 72 members, is very active.
They render military honors at veterans funerals and they have done 60 so far this year.
“It’s our honor to do this,” he said, “we’re all volunteers and some days we work six days a week.”
Glen said the trailer, which was donated, is being used by members of the post and by the community.
They also participate in community service projects and donate to other charities. Glen said buying a new trailer would be a financial blow to the nonprofit.
“It takes funds away from us to help veterans in need,” he noted.
We’ve shared the VFW Post photo and description of the stolen trailer with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, who are now asking for the public’s help in locating it.
“If anyone in the area saw anything suspicious or a vehicle parked behind the VFW some time before the trailer was stolen, those accounts are very important,” said Casey Roebuck, director of communications for the Sheriff’s Department of the Tulsa County.
We asked Glen if he thought he’d get it back, to which he replied, “I don’t really see that happening, like I said, it looks like everyone’s trailer .”
However, there is one thing that sets the VFW release trailer apart from others. Glen said that in the back there was a square foot of white plywood on the right side that was added when they lent the trailer to the Girl Scouts for a Christmas parade last year.
We asked Glen how it felt to have something stolen that so many depend on:
“It hurts,” he explained, “I’m one of those people who looks for the best in people and I took a hit.”
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the theft of the VFW Post trailer last week to contact their office.
If they are unable to collect it, a member of the VFW Post has offered to lend them a trailer so they can decorate their float for the upcoming 4th of July parade in Skiatook, something that is important to them. as an active member of the community.
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