EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)-The owner of a beloved local non-profit who prides itself on helping keep the north coast beautiful credits community sleuths for helping them find half of their missing equipment needed to keep serving the community.
It’s something co-founder of Pacout Green Team Aaron Ostrum says is a punch in the gut.
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“I drove in the afternoon and noticed our truck and trailer was missing, and we called all our board members, and no one had, one was in possession of it,” he said.
Concluding the truck and trailer were stolen from the property on Wednesday April 21, but that didn’t stop Pacout Green Team volunteers and community from showing up.
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“We do have a second trailer that’s more of a garbage hauler, so we did that bring that to our Saturday’s pickup,” said Ostrum.
Local businesses also came out to pitch in with supplies when they caught wind of what happened.
Aquantis brought pickers, some we brought, some buckets, then we bought a bunch of gloves and a bunch of garbage bags,” he said.
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Ostrom says Saturday’s clean-up, was one of their largest 90-minute bashes, to date, with a total of 70-participating volunteers, who removed more than 38,000 of trash, a couch and needles from the area, among other items harmful to the environment.
Ostrom says just when the day couldn’t get any better a tip came in notifying him the stolen trailer was spotted pulling onto a property, police was called.
“It was covered up with two tarps, and they [law enforcement officer] walked back there and uncovered it, and boom, there was our Green Team logo,” he said.
Ostrom says all logos but one was remained, he knew the trailer under the tarp belonged to the non-profit.
The vehicle, described as a white 2001 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck with a camper-shell is still missing.
Chris Galleron is a PacOut Green Team board member.
“This is not the first time; we’ve had issues with break-ins or stuff stolen from us,” he said.
Galleron says how someone can steal from a non-profit who serves the community is something he’ll never understand.
“It was able to be turned around very quickly, and that we were able to get at least half of our stuff back,” said Galleron, “It would be nice if we could have a truck also.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for a replacement truck and the repair to the trailer that sustained damages when it was stolen.
Anyone with information on the where-abouts of that 2001 Dodge Dakota is asked to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 496-1662 or the PacOut Green Team at (707) 445-7251.
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