They don’t have their stolen trailer and equipment back, but the kindness of the community means the Columbus Saints Drum & Bugle Corps will march on Saturday, March 16, after all.

With drums loaned from the Watkins Memorial High School band, and a few bugles borrowed from others, the Saints have enough to field about 30 members for one of their largest performances of the year: the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m.

The foundation of the nonprofit organization, which started as a drum line more than 15 years ago as a way to bring music to urban children and teenagers, was rocked earlier earlier this week when thieves stole a 28-foot enclosed trailer full of instruments, uniforms, sound systems and other equipment. The trailer was worth thousands, and the equipment loss probably totaled more than $60,000, said Saints executive director Le Ron Carlton.

Mifflin Township police are investigating the theft of the trailer from the lot of the United Faith International Baptist Church on Stelzer Road sometime overnight March 12 or early March 13. But thus far, nothing’s turned up and no one has been arrested.

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