Police say they have no new leads in the left of a utility trailer from the Georgetown-Ellendale VFW earlier this month.
"I can't imagine why anyone in the world would do this," said George Parker, the commander of the VFW Post 2931. "It's like stealing from your local church."
The veterans at Post 2931 first noticed that the 6-foot-by-10-foot trailer was missing on Oct. 3, although they and police believe it was actually taken from behind a storage shed at 14411 VFW Road sometime between 8 a.m. Oct. 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 2.
For the past two years, the veterans at Post 2931 have used the 15-foot-tall trailer to haul cooking items, tables, chairs, tents and electrical equipment to their Saturday chicken barbeques at the intersection of Beach Highway and North DuPont Boulevard. Proceeds from the cookout are used to raise money for veterans in need.
Parker said the VFW had recently had decals of the Post's emblem added to the sides of the trailer, which is valued at about $15,000.
"[Losing the trailer] has made a huge difference on the way we do things," Parker said. "We pushed on and held the barbeque the very next weekend and every weekend since, but we had to come up with replacement equipment. Instead of having three tents, now we only have one, which means a lot more people have to take their orders to go."
The VFW's seasonal barbeques will wrap up at the end of this month, and Parker said the Post is looking at fundraising option to purchase a new trailer if the stolen one is not recovered.
"We had a patron member who was nice enough to donate the last one to us," he said. "We'd really like to get that one back. Hopefully, someone out there saw something, and maybe didn't even realize it at the time."
Anyone with information about the theft or the trailer's whereabouts is asked to call Delaware State Police at (302) 535-3706 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.
Information also can be provided anonymously via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and starting your message with the keyword "DSP."