Stolen Le Grand-Planada youth football trailer found

12/02/2013 10:00 PM

12/02/2013 11:08 PM

A stolen trailer belonging to a Le Grand-Planada area youth football group has been found, although all of the equipment inside is still missing.

Last Wednesday, someone stole Tri-City Youth Football’s white 20-foot-long enclosed Interstate trailer from the area of Freemont Street and Brodrick Avenue in Planada. The trailer, which is valued at about $8,000, contained concessions equipment valued at $8,000 to $10,000.

Ben Esquivel, Tri-City’s director, said the California Highway Patrol found the trailer Monday morning in an industrial area off West Main Street. The concessions equipment, generator, tents and other items stored inside were missing. Someone had changed the license plate on the traile, and painted on its side in crude letters: “Tornado Lawn Service. Est. 2013, Modesto, CA.”

Although Esquivel said he’s still disappointed by the theft, he remains optimistic that everything will work out for him and the football group. “We might be down, but we’re not out. This community will come together to make sure everything is right with us,” he said.

Esquivel said the trailer was parked at a tortilla shop he co-owns and was taken between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday.

None of the group’s sports equipment was inside the trailer when it was stolen. Because of the size of the trailer, Esquivel said, whoever took it needed a heavy truck or pickup to pull it.

Esquivel said his group provides activities for 180 to 200 children, ages 6 to 14, and that the group depends on the concession equipment to make money to support the program.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen equipment can call the California Highway Patrol at (209) 356-2900. Tips are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

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