$20,000 worth of equipment stolen from local nonprofit Earthriders Trails Association

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The volunteers with the Earth Riders Trails Association are used to giving. But the generosity of the Kansas City-based nonprofit organization was pushed to the limit last week when more than $20,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

According to the Independence Police Department, a Toro Dingo mini skid-steer machine, a trailer and other items were stolen from the ERTA on Dec. 5.

The nonprofit uses the equipment to build and maintain off-road hiking and cycling trails in the Kansas City area.

"You can't use the machine everywhere, but it was a labor saver whenever we could use it," Todd Posson said. He is the former president of ERTA and now volunteers. He often used the stolen machine.

"That particular piece of equipment, especially in certain soil types, probably does about five to ten people's worth of work."

The Toro machine is a model TX 425 Dingo, and the trailer was manufactured by Eagle Trailer in Lawrence, Kan. Two Stihl string trimmers, models FS100 and FS85, a Shindaiwa Backpack blower, a PA system, and three Craftsman roll-around toolboxes with tools were also stolen.  

If you have information on the thefts, you're asked to call 911, the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477, or the Independence Police Department at 816-836-3600 or 816-325-6916.

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