Thief runs away with the beer trailer from the service club

Port Dover Kinsmen collects $ 30,000

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PORT DOVER – The loss could reach $ 30,000 following the theft of a refrigerated beer trailer this weekend at the Port Dover Kinsmen Club.

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Club say they will continue and fundraise this Friday May 13 e motorcycle rally despite the theft. However, funds that would have been reinvested in the community will have to be used to partially compensate for the loss.

“I’ll have to talk to our guys about this at our Wednesday meeting,” President Kyle Kitchen said on Monday. “It’s definitely a success, but we’ll find something.”

The club announced the theft on social media. Kitchen says the club’s three trailers were chained together and had hitch ball locks in place when one of their refrigerated trailers was taken from Kinsmen Park on the east side of the lift bridge in Port Dover.

Paul Murphy, former president and life member of the Kinsmen, said the loss was not insured.

“It’s very difficult to get insurance for an event trailer,” Murphy said. “Unless you’re somewhere hawking your goods every weekend, it’s hard to justify the cost of insurance. It’s just a shame that some people need to steal from charity.

“It’s going to push us back, that’s for sure. The hard part is that we will have to spend money that we could have given to the community just to get back to where we were.

Prior to the flight, the club had two refrigerated beer trailers. Theft is particularly difficult as the refrigeration units of both have been recently modernized.

Murphy says the stolen unit is useless as a trailer because it cannot support much weight. The usual procedure was to park it at an event, set it up on jacks, and then load drums into it to supply the taps.

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The club’s beer trailers were built by Kinsmen life member Steve Bruley of Vittoria.

Bruley suspects that the sophisticated unit will be cut up and sold for scrap. Bruley said it would be impossible to remove all exterior accessories and cleanly renovate the holes with sheet metal patches, making the trailer easy to identify if used for some other purpose.

“It would stick out like a sore thumb,” Bruley said.

“It’s a shame. They took the best trailer. As far as I’m concerned, it’s $ 30,000 out the window.

The missing trailer was marked “SUDS WAGON” in yellow and orange on all sides, the Kinsmen said in a social media post. One side is lined with keg taps while the rear loading doors are branded “Bruley’s Draft”.

Anyone with information on the missing trailer is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or Norfolk and Haldimand Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers callers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $ 2,000.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com