Thieves steal trailer full of youth team archery equipment

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A Lowcountry archery team is working to find out who stole their trailer and equipment.

The trailer, which was parked at Northwood Baptist Church, was loaded with archery equipment worth around $10,000.

“The Holy City Archery Homeschool team is based in the Charleston area and provides children in grades 4-12 the opportunity to participate in the National Schools Archery Program,” said Coach Mark Kayser.

He believes someone came in the middle of the night and took all the equipment.

Security video shows at least two people involved in the theft. A passenger gets out of the truck to adjust the bed of the truck before stealing the trailer.

Some of the children have recently qualified for the national archery tournament which is due to take place in a week and a half.

“This horrible crime was committed yesterday, it really affects our team because without our equipment, our chances of going to this competition – these tournaments are also affected,” said Ben Kayser, a 12e grader in the team.

He says tournaments are very important.

“It’s important to be at these tournaments because it’s a great opportunity to make new friends and a competition where you can win trophies and earn friendship.”

His brother, 4e grader Jacob Kayser said, “I really like archery because it’s a sport I think I’m going to do really well; it’s really fun to do and it’s also great sportsmanship.

He said that now they don’t even have the opportunity to train.

“Installation of equipment is very important. And if we don’t have that, it’s going to be really hard to practice because all of our arrows were in there, so I mean there’s nothing to shoot with.

The archery team is trying to raise funds to replace their equipment. You can help by clicking here.

Earnest A. Martinez