MOSCOW, Idaho.--A team of special athletes is looking for new gear after crooks stole their equipment. Someone took thousands of dollars worth of winter jackets, snow shoes and ski boots.
The team will need that gear for some very important competitions.
The burglary happened as the Special Olympics team was preparing for the state competition in Sun Valley. They have to purchase a whole new set of equipment.
"What am I going to do now was my first thought,” said Special Olympics Coach Elizabeth King.
Coach King was left nearly speechless when she went to the storage locker on Saturday. She was getting gear for the Moscow Rebel-Tiger’s winter special Olympics team.
“The door was wide open. Had me a little concerned why the door was wide open. I saw the big tub that we usually have our cross country boots and snowshoes in was gone,” said King.
Thieves stole more than $4,000 worth of jackets, ski boots and snowshoes. They even made off with a pair of cross-country skis and poles.
"Over the past few years, we've increased our equipment. And having it all taken in one fell swoop is awful,” said King.
The Rebel-Tigers competition at the state winter games in Sun Valley was just weeks away.
"They were looking forward to go to state. And then not having equipment to practice and then realizing that the state winter games were only two weeks away was - that was devastating in and of itself,” said King.
King said the team will make the trip to Sun Valley regardless and will be competing.
King said she had just one message for whoever took the equipment.
"I hope they have a better need for it than the athletes do. Because the athletes, they really needed the equipment,” said King.
The team is asking for help to purchase new equipment. You can contact the Special Olympics regional office in North Idaho if you want to help. Call (208) 659-0172 and ask for Pam Lisenbe.