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Thieves steal supplies donated for Hurricane Michael victims

Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 23:31:18-04

OKTAHA, Okla. — Muskogee County deputies are investigating after a trailer carrying disaster relief supplies was stolen from an Oktaha gun range.

Deputies said surveillance video from Save Yourself Survival and Tactical shows thieves breaking into the fence around 11 p.m. Sunday with bolt cutters.

The gun range reported the red enclosed trailer was filled with disaster relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Michael. 

 It started as a community donation drive. Now it's a criminal investigation being led by the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office. Thousands of dollars in goods for those Florida hurricane victims are now gone, deputies say.

"We went and looked at the video feed, and sure enough somebody came, tried to get it, and I guess that they saw the locks were on it, left and came back 10 minutes later with a pair of bolt cutters, cut the locks and then took off with it," said Chad Neal, of Save Yourself Survival and Tactical.

At the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical store, cases of water and blankets were just a few of the items headed to Florida in Neal's red trailer.

With the trailer packed and ready to go, all Neal needed to do was haul it down south, but thieves had other plans.

“So I got up and looked out the window and it was gone," Neal said.

Under the cover of darkness, thieves took away those much-needed supplies. 

Muskogee County Sheriff’s deputies now are working to track down the trailer and the goods inside. 

The message is ‘we're going to find you,’” Chief Deputy Michael Mahan said. “We've got video surveillance and it's just a matter of time.”

The stolen trailer is only a setback.

"We're not done,” Neal said. “This isn't going to stop us by a long shot.”

Neal says they’ve secured another trailer and are gathering up more donations. 

Anyone with information to the trailer’s whereabouts is urged to call the Muskogee County Sheriff.

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