FONTANA ( — A Boy Scout group was hoping its community would help after thousands of dollars worth of camping equipment was stolen.

On Feb. 19, Troop 2000’s trailer filled with $3,000 worth of equipment was stolen from troop leader Eric Herchenroeder’s Almeria Avenue driveway.

“They pretty much cleaned us out,” Herchenroeder said. “Along the bottom shelves sit the large three-burner camp stoves. On the upper shelves sit the first aid kits, cooking equipment, lanterns.”

The equipment, which took years to accumulate, was pretty much everything the troop owned.

“Starting a Boy Scout troop, you don’t get seed money; you start from zero,” Herchenroeder said. “All the equipment was purchased from fundraisers that the boys had done over the years.”

The next day, posts on social media helped lead police to the abandoned trailer near Palmetto Avenue and Foothill Boulevard – about four miles from Herchenroeder’s home, but everything inside was gone.

“Most disheartening is that we had our troop flags in there,” Herchenroeder said. “Those had 15 years of awards. We keep awards tied to the top of the flags. What use does anyone have for that but us?”

He hopes the items will be recovered as they all are marked with “T2K.”

Anyone who recognizes items with that marking was asked to contact police.

A funding campaign has been set up for the troop. Anyone interested in donating to help the troop out can do so by clicking here:

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