Local ministry needs donations after equipment is stolen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--A local ministry is looking for donations after thieves stole more than $20,000 worth of lawn care equipment.

True Purpose Recovery Center is an in-patient drug rehabilitation center in Knoxville.

Recovering addicts live there for free for nine months and do yard and roof work to earn their keep.

Early Friday morning someone stole all their mowers, back pack blowers, trimmers, weed eaters and other tools.

All the equipment used to sit there, but thieves drove off with it.

True Purpose Recovery Center Executive Director Jeremy Graham says, "The guys woke up and realized the trailer was gone. Then I got the call. It's very disheartening news because that's what funds our ministry."

True Purpose is looking for monetary or equipment donations.


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  • by ronmelancon Location: Glen Allen on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    What do you do when you know why trailers are being stolen and nobody cares? We know why! Just google Stolen Trailers...Dangerous Trailers and see who pops up number one!
  • by Ron Melancon Location: Glen Allen on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
    One popular scam is to buy a manufactured trailer, insure it, then remove the VIN and report it as stolen. Re-branding it as a homemade trailer with a new license plate can be as simple as filing bogus paperwork with another state. Melancon did this recently to prove his point. He applied from Virginia for a Maine trailer license with a fabricated VIN (ST467OL499EN17I99AM). For a $50 fee, he received his license plate in the mail with official documentation. Apparently no one noticed the message hidden in the VIN if you remove the numbers: STOLEN I AM.

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