LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- A youth football program may have to forgo its season after thieves steal their trailer filled with equipment.
The Lafayette Bobcats Football Organization stored the trailer at Trails RV & Storage at 1800 South 120th Street in Lafayette. Team officials reported it stolen to police Saturday morning, hours before an annual team party.
"I unlocked the gate, drove in, and realized the trailer was gone," said Tyler McHam, Bobcats equipment manager. "There's at least a hundred kids, if not more, that aren't going to have a football season this year because of this."
The trailer was stored at the facility for a decade. The gate has a combination lock, but there are no surveillance cameras. There were no signs of forced entry.
McHam believes somebody with knowledge of the lock's combination broke in.
"There's no words to describe how I felt this morning. It was a mess of emotions," said McHam.
The Lafayette Bobcats outfits its players with jerseys and equipment for the season. The gear is returned when the season wraps up.
"It has the Bobcat logo on it," said DJ Guildner, team president. "The jerseys and equipment all have the logos."
The stolen equipment is worth more than $150,000.
"Have a heart, give it back, it's for kids," said Russell Machado. Machado's sons play on the team. "It's for our football organization. It's not worthing anything to the thieves. It's everything to us."
The Lafayette Bobcats have a GoFundMe page set up. The team hopes to raise enough money to replace the stolen equipment. To donate, click here.
You can also reach out to team officials at:
DJ Guildner, President
Russell and Vanessa Machado, Fundraising Coordinators