Prosthetic legs, snowboards, cameras stolen from Copper Mountain nonprofit

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COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — A group that helps children and young adults train for para-snowboard competitions and other action sports was robbed this week.

Prosthetic legs, snowboards and video cameras were taken from the Adaptive Action Sports office at Copper Mountain.

“Hard times fall on us all and can drive us to do things we may not normally,” officials said on Facebook on Wednesday. “That being said, to whomever thought that breaking into the Adaptive Action Sports office at Copper Mountain last night, stealing all of our cameras, several snowboards and prosthetic legs was the only option, there are better ways.

“Please return our stuff and the athletes’ stuff and no questions will be asked. If not the police will be reviewing video footage today and pressing full charges.”

Two prosthetic legs belonging to Brett Botelho were stolen.

“I just want to (sic) legs back. And not my winter to end,” Botelho wrote on Facebook.

Officials with AAS  are asking for tips about the break-in and said they appreciate the support they have been getting from the community. Donations are being accepted online.

“Thank you again to everyone who has reached out to support us. We are asking anyone interested in helping at this point to visit our webpage at www.adacs.org/donate and make a donation. No matter the size, anything will help.”

Homegrown Tap and Dough in Denver and Arvada will also host a monthlong fundraiser.