LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A thief stole a valuable trailer from a local Boy Scout troop.

Troop 72 is housed at the Messiah Trinity Church on Shepherdsville Road, and earlier this week, thieves stole a trailer from the side of a shed that the troop uses for camping and other big adventures.

Dalton Heady, a long-time member of Troop 72, said he's learned a lot of important lessons from the scouts. He said the theft has taught him a painful life lesson.

"I wouldn't expect somebody to steal something from a church," Heady said.

Eric Mills, Scout master for Troop 72, said he discovered the trailer was missing Wednesday night.

"It is really disappointing to see that our trailer that we had all of our equipment in is missing," Mills said. "We rode by the street, and we noticed it wasn't there."

The trailer has Parkland Baptist Church printed on the side, but the scouts recently relocated to Messiah Trinity Church in south Louisville.

"We noticed the lock was busted, and it looked like it was busted from a crowbar or something," Mills said.

The thief got away with the trailer but may have left some evidence behind.

"We found a crowbar that looks like it could have been used to pop the ball off that was on here," Mills said.

Meanwhile, in addition to a trailer full of valuable cooking and camping equipment, whoever committed the crime possibly robbed the troops of something just as important.

"We were planning to go in September to Red River Gorge, and what we do is a crossover for new boys coming in," Mills said.

"It's just the way life is now," said Heady, adding that he's disappointed and mad but his principles will not change. "We will always follow the good example for the younger boy scouts," he said.

Mills said LMPD's Fourth Division is investigating the case. If you have any information about the trailer, you can call the department's tip line at 574-LMPD.

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