Scouts gutted after €5,000 of gear is stolen from den
Over €5,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from a Scouts' Den in Dublin.
Ed Corkery, leader of the Lucan South Scouts, told the Herald they were robbed of a "significant amount of equipment" two weeks ago but has vowed to carry on their good work.
He said it was "hard to understand why someone would steal from kids".
Items including pots, pans, gas lanterns, Icelandic ridge tents, gas bottles and iron gas cookers were all taken from the secured containers beside the den.
The thieves used heavy equipment to cut through a lock and a welded box at the storage shed, located beside St Mary's school.
"This wasn't just young fellows chancing their arm," Mr Corkery said.
"They must have had some strong cutting gear."
The theft is a huge loss for the local scout group, which caters for almost 300 kids, all of which are preparing for camping trips this Easter.
"It's hard to understand why someone would steal from kids. We have three groups of scouts which is close to 300 kids," Mr Corkery said.
The group are now putting together an online fundraiser in an effort to recuperate some of the costs.
Some of the scouts will be embarking on their next camp in mid-April, but Mr Corkery says they will manage with what they have in the meantime.
"It's a horrible thing to come back and find," he said.
"Where the den is, you get groups of young people hanging out but they generally keep to themselves.
"It makes no sense why someone would take this gear."
Gardai confirmed that an incident of theft had occurred at the scouts den earlier this month.
A small amount of equipment was found in a nearby ditch by a passer-by, but gardai have stated that the vast majority of equipment is still missing.
An investigation is ongoing and officers are asking anyone who has seen suspicious activity in and around the area between March 1 and 4 to come forward.
The fundraising page for Lucan Scouts can be accessed at www.idonate.ie/lucansouth.