VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 1997 Chevy Astro van used frequently to pick up donations by the High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) was stolen overnight.
The shelter’s director, Jimmy Waldron, shared on social media about the theft Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Waldron post said the shelters van along with an attached trailer that was being borrowed were both stolen last night.
Waldron spoke to VVNG and said the trailer was loaded with a couple of hundred pounds of stainless steel racks that were recently removed from the thrift store and were being transported for storage.
“We called some of the recyclers up here, not sure if we got them all, but I have a feeling that’s why they stole it,” he stated.
Waldron said the van is used daily by the shelter and mainly for things like picking up donations. The seats inside the van were ripped out and is now used as an alternative to not having a much needed small box van.
“Now we have no way to pick up our donations or to continue doing our community pride program,” stated Waldon. “We borrowed the trailer and were using it to do our weekly community pride program going out in our neighborhoods and picking up trash.”
The stolen vehicle is a 1997 Chevy Astro van with a faded burgundy color and the trailer has broken left taillight. The license plate # on the van is: 4CMH847
Anyone with information is asked to call the Victorville Police Department at 760-241-2911 or the HDHS at 760-245-5911.