The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 16, 2012

Re-Creation must regroup after thieves steal truck with equipment worth $120,000

The Daily Item

— PORT TREVORTON - Members of a Snyder County-based performance group are on their way back to Port Treverton to "to regroup and re-equip," after being robbed of all of their equipment and costumes in Texas, said Jay Muller, director of Re-Creation.

"We lost every costume, every piece of equipment, every tool, every light, every backdrop," he said. "We're putting preliminary estimates at $120,000 (lost)."

The group, which performs for veterans all across the country, had finished a performance at a VA hospital in San Antonio and was staying at a nearby hotel before their next performance when their Ford F-250 and attached trailer were stolen, Muller said. No one was injured in the theft.

Some of the group's members lost personal items that were in the truck, Muller said. San Antonio law enforcement has told the group that the vehicle was most likely taken by drug smugglers that target F-250s for their operations.

The group has cancelled all performances for the rest of the month and hopes to be back up and running by early November, Muller said. Four of the group's members are from Milton and one is from Mount Carmel, Muller said.

"They're emotionally shaken," he said. "But thank God nobody hurt them or tried to confront them. They're on their way home, it's just one of those things."

The group is accepting donations to help get them back to performing.

Donations can be made through a "Donate Now" tab on the group's website,