Search and rescue team member’s gear stolen; reward offered for return

DENVER -- A search and rescue volunteer is out thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

The Alpine Rescue Team said someone broke into a member’s truck and stole jackets, axes and mountaineering boots.

Dawn Wilson said the theft happened in the Platt Park neighborhood in Denver late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

The Alpine Rescue Team is a nonprofit group that helps people when they need aid on the mountains.

For example, if someone breaks a leg while skiing, the team will respond to help, free of charge. It works in Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson counties.

“No one on our team deserves for this to be happening, especially him," spokeswoman Dawn Wilson said. "He’s such a great mountaineer. He really dedicates his time away from his family to help people in the middle of the night, whatever time of day.

"This is just a really unfortunate event to find out its happened to him."

There is a $500 cash reward being offered for the equipment. The team especially wants the Alpine Rescue Team jackets.

Anyone with information is asked to call 303-526-2417.

The team is also asking people to be on the lookout for the equipment on Craigslist and pawn shops.

While the team says it appreciates offers of donated gear, it would prefer if people made a donation to the group. One can do so by clicking here.

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