Marshall Cheatham sounded defeated Wednesday, March 13, as he spoke about not knowing what the organization he founded will do after thieves stole a 28-foot trailer full of pretty much everything the Saints Drum & Bugle Corps needs to exist.
Specialized military bugles, and snare, bass and tenor drums — all gone. So are the uniforms, the microphones, the sound system and a generator. The Vintage trailer (Ohio license plate TRE4819) was worth thousands of dollars, and it held at least $60,000 worth of equipment, said Saints executive director Le Ron Carlton.
And with one of the biggest performances by the Columbus-area nonprofit group just a couple of days away — the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin — the Saints are scrambling.
“It’s frustrating,” said Cheatham, who founded the nonprofit Saints as a drum line more than 15 years ago to expose urban kids to music and help them get to college on scholarship.
The group has long kept its equipment trailer parked at the United Faith International Baptist Church on Stelzer Road. But when the pastor arrived at the church Wednesday morning, it was gone.
“I imagine someone thought they were getting a landscaping trailer full of valuable tools. Instead, they got equipment that matters to no one but us,” Carlton said. “I can’t even process all this yet.”
Mifflin Township police are investigating.
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