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When local Boy Scouts Troop 1204 had its equipment trailer stolen in November, it was left without camping supplies.

Police said the white enclosed cargo trailer was taken sometime between Nov. 9-13 from the parking lot at St. Stephen Catholic Community at 14544 Lebanon Road.

The trailer contained camping supplies such as tents and lanterns and has an estimated value of about $5,000. The trailer has “Boy Scouts of America Troop 1204, Hermitage, TN, Unit 1” printed on both sides of the trailer.

Mt. Juliet police Sgt. Cory Cook heard about the theft and began to think of ways the department could help the troop replace its trailer and camping equipment. So, he contacted Boy Scout Troop 911 to organize a service project at the department’s firearms training facility, and the scouts were able to collect more than 2,200 pounds of brass ammunition shells.

The shells were swapped for cash, and it brought in $2,800 for Troop 911, which donated the proceeds to Troop 1204 to help cover the loss of the trailer.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for Sgt. Cook’s initiative and community involvement that truly benefitted many people,” said Boy Scout mom Rachel Underwood. “Because of Sgt. Cook’s ideas and actions, embodied the Scout Law and Oath, he was awarded a plaque from the BSA Hermitage District on behalf of troops 911, 1204, and 263 at the leader’s roundtable meeting.”

The Boy Scout troops recognized Cook this week for his efforts to assist the troop in replacing its equipment trailer and camping supplies.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact Mt. Juliet police at 615-754-2550. Information may also be given anonymously by calling 615-754-8477 or at mjpd.org.