Thieves Target Charity That Helps Wounded Soldiers in Texas

Aug 11th, 2010 | By usnews | Category: U.S.

A Texas non profit that’s spent 20 years helping disabled children and adults now needs help itself.


Since July, thieves have stolen $35,000 worth of equipment from Texas Adaptive Aquatics in Huffman.


The group teaches the injured or disabled how to water ski and enjoy other water sports.


Recently, they expanded to include a hunting program throughout the winter months.


Thieves are targeting the wheelchair accessible campground east of Huffman in a remote part of Liberty County.


“We’re trying to make this a world class facility for people with disabilities for duck hunting,” said Roger Randall, founder.


On July 4th, Randall says thieves stole a custom flat bed trailer, two ATVs, tools and lumber being used to construct a wheelchair ramp.


“It’s amazing how horrible it feels,” said Randall.


The equipment was used to help wounded or disabled military members, too.


Randall thinks the thieves knew who they were stealing from because the property is clearly marked with the group’s name.


Tuesday morning, the thieves returned. This time they stole copper from a fuse and breaker box. The campground is now without power.


“It’s amazing what someone would do for copper,” said Randall.


Randall hopes someone will recognize the custom flat bed trailer and do the right thing.


If you have any information you’re urged to call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.


Texas Adaptive Aquatics has a dove hunting event scheduled for early September.


It will go on as planned, but the program still needs donations to make up for what they’ve lost.


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