BREWER, Maine — Boy Scout Troop 1 collects returnable bottles every year so they can go to camp during the summer, learn how to survive in the wilderness and the world, and become good citizens.
Someone who is not a good citizen took most of the returnable bottles that residents have donated over the last week, which were inside a Boy Scout trailer parked at 76 Washington St., police Cpl. Steve Boyd said Tuesday.
“Sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Tuesday” a criminal “took 12 to 15 large bags of returnable cans worth between $50 and $75,” Boyd said.
Kevin Duplissie, who is an assistant to Troop 1 Scoutmaster Rodney Hanson, keeps the trailer at his house, which is just down the street from Washington Street School.
“How low can you get?” Duplissie asked. “People have been dropping off bottles all week. Now the boys have to start all over again.”
Nicole Hanson, the troop leader’s wife, said she was saddened by the news.
“It’s just unfortunate, really,” she said. “How could they steal from Boy Scouts?”
Because there are no known witnesses to the crime, there is little hope that anyone will be caught, Hanson said.
Troop 1 Boy Scouts will be out in uniform during a bottle drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to collect returnables in the Brewer neighborhoods and refill the trailer.