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Sunday 4 December 2016

Thieves steal container with €20k of equipment inside from scouts group

Achille Martone and Maria Tellgren, Scout Leaders at The 45th Mount Argus Scout Group pictured at the spot where their container with €30,000 worth of Scout Camping equipment was removed from, at their den last night.
Achille Martone and Maria Tellgren, Scout Leaders at The 45th Mount Argus Scout Group pictured at the spot where their container with €30,000 worth of Scout Camping equipment was removed from, at their den last night.
Achille Martone and Maria Tellgren, Scout Leaders at The 45th Mount Argus Scout Group with Beaver Scouts at their den last night.

A SCOUT troop in the capital is facing the prospects of having to cancel its summer camps and activities after a shipping container containing €20,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

The container belonging to the 45th Mount Argus scout group, based near Harold's Cross in south Dublin, was stolen between 11am and 1pm on Thursday April 23.

A flat-bed truck was used to transport the shipping container from the scene, and a witness who confronted the driver of the vehicle described him as having a Dublin accent.

Among the equipment stolen was a number of large marquees, tents, tables, cooking equipment, ropes, specialised pioneering spars, generators, and electric lighting.

The shocking theft has left the club struggling to cope, and although other groups in the area have offered to lend them equipment, the busy summer period means most clubs will have very little to spare.

"All we really have at the moment are a few footballs and one or two tables," scout Master Achille Martone explained.

Camps

"We've had to cancel our summer camps that we had planned until further notice, because we simply don't have the equipment to host a camp for over 100 children.

"We'll need to organise a fundraiser, but it will be hard to come up with the money needed to replace the stolen equipment," he added.

Mr Martone, who has been involved in the scouts for almost 20 years, explained that although the troop haven't fully assessed the value of what was taken, it is believed to be "in and around" €20k.

Approximately 150 children and youths aged between seven and 16 are involved in the 45th Mount Argus group, with members coming from Harold's Cross, Kimmage, Crumlin and surrounding areas.

The missing container had a large logo on the side spelling CAI and a serial number 247880.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Crumlin Garda Station (01 666 6200).

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