LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Valley BMX team asked the community to help them find their trailer that was stolen from a northwest valley neighborhood, and thanks to 8 News Now coverage and over 1000 shares on Facebook, the trailer was found.
You might notice that the trailers look a bit different. The picture from when the trailer was stolen is an older photo with a different paint job but it is the same trailer.
According to Team Torque manager and coach, the trailer was recovered at an apartment complex on Nellis Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive.
Unfortunately, the expensive items inside were gone and the trailer needs repairs due to the thief torching the door panel lock off, but the team is grateful to have the trailer back.
Stouffer told 8 News Now the specialized equipment inside the trailer was worth about $4,000. With the trailer, everything taken totaled about $9,000.
“Team Torque Racing” manager and coach Tommy Stouffer told 8 News Now someone took the trailer on Nov. 19, between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30. It was parked in a neighborhood near North Durango Drive and West Centennial Parkway.
“As soon as I came around the corner I knew it was gone,” he explained. “I was going through all kinds of emotions at the time.”
Stouffer said he knew it was stolen, just not missing, when he noticed the trailer’s metal hitch lock intentionally broken.
Team Torque Racing consists of 22 local kids that travel the country to compete in BMX racing events.
Team member Brayden Lozada told 8 News Now they’ve been training all year for the biggest race of the year. Now, they might not make it.
“I just wanted to train for the greatest race,” Lozada said. “Our last training was supposed to be tomorrow and we can’t do that now.”
“The race that we are going to is in Oklahoma,” Stouffer added. “It’s the biggest race of the year and the kids have been training all year for it, so this last week was a pretty big push.”
They just want to get these tools back for this important competition.
“The trailer is nothing, for me, it’s what was in it,” Stouffer concluded. “For me, that’s where the memories were made.”
Team Torque has created a GoFundMe to raise funds for replacing the stolen equipment. To donate, please click here.
Torque thanks everyone in the community who shared their story which led to the return of their trailer.