Crooks steal equipment from Refuge Youth Center in North Phoenix

PHOENIX - Good news for a North Phoenix youth center.

A trailer with as much as $10,000 worth of equipment has been returned to the school after thieves took off with it last week.

Refuge Youth Center spokesman Dan Brodeur said one of the kids from the center was on his way to the store when he saw the trailer parked around the corner from his house. Brodeur said the boy checked the license plate and it was the right trailer.

Brodeur said the thieves stole what was the easiest to grab, two tents and a grill. But, most of the items  including including kayaks, tents, and surfboards were all there.

Neighbors said they saw the suspects struggling to get items out of the trailer. They said the suspects grabbed a few things and got away.

The youth center is probably the only place in the Valley that mixes skating and scripture. At the center, kids not only worship, they can also go airborne.

“It’s good to be around kids who influence us in good ways," said 14-year-old Jason Rossell.

So when thieves stole the trailer full of equipment late last week, it wasn’t easy to accept for Jason.

“It’s more of a disappointment type thing,” says Jason. “That someone would just steal from kids who are trying to make a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

“Some of the equipment we’ve acquired over the last 12-14 years, so there’s a lot of memories wrapped up in those surfboards, some of the tents, and some of the gear," said Brodeur.

Phoenix police are still looking for the crooks.

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