Power cord theft hinders Clover Jaycees fundraiser

10/30/2010 12:00 AM

10/30/2010 1:26 PM

The Clover Jaycees annual haunted trail is open tonight, Saturday and Sunday despite the theft of copper power cords.

The haunted trail , which includes a maze made of bamboo and plastic, was canceled Wednesday because of weather.

When members of the Jaycees arrived at the trail on Thursdaythey discovered the main power feed had been stolen. Organizers were forced to cancel again.

Between 300 to 350 feet of copper wire worth several hundred dollars was cut from a breaker box, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

The Jaycees spent about $400 to replace the wire, a significant loss for the fundraising effort, said Scott Moses, Jaycees member.

"What we do for our community and then you show up and someone has stole your wire, I mean, what's this world coming to," said Moses, who remembers attending the event when he was a kid.

The money raised from the haunted trail bought Christmas gifts for 400 children and dinners for more than 100 elders last year, he said.

"We get teachers involved with the school district and find out the kids that are in need. We buy them clothes, at least a couple of outfits, and a couple toys," Moses said. "We've got to make this money back up."

This isn't the first time the Jaycees have had their power stolen.

"Two years ago they stole everything, drop cords, wires, lights," Moses said. "They completely cleaned us out."

That time the thieves waited until the trail closed for the season, he said. This time, they put them out of business for a night.

"That hurts, with the economy being the way it is now," he said.

Clover Police Captain David Dover said he wishes people understood the ripple effect of their actions, how stealing, even petty theft, affects people and the economy.

Clover Mayor Donnie Grice, who worked the trail many years ago, said he is disappointed some of the trail's proceeds will have to go to pay for what was stolen.

"It's just really sad to know that there are people in this world who will take advantage of any situation to benefit themselves and not think about what's going to hurt them in the long run."

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