Stolen van full of supplies for ALS fundraiser is found

Stolen van full of supplies for ALS fundraiser is found
A stolen ALS van was found abandoned early Thursday with most of its supplies still left inside.

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Turns out, driving around a stolen van full of supplies for a charity fundraiser is distasteful – even for thieves.

A cargo van loaded with things like T-shirts, tents and banners with the faces of people who died of ALS was found abandoned Thursday morning less than a mile from where it was stolen, according to Meagan Lancaster, the development manager for the ALS association in Oregon and SW Washington.

The van was stolen from an employee’s driveway.

The things still in the van included hats, wristbands and banners. No longer in the van: Tents, coolers, cleaning material and a makeshift arch for an event.

The supplies were for a walk to raise funds to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The  organization’s two biggest fundraisers of the year are scheduled for the next two weekends.

KATU first aired and posted a story about the stolen van on Wednesday.

“I’m convinced that the thieves saw the story and ditched it, and it sounds like most of our materials are inside still,” Lancaster said in an email.

ALS organizers said Thursday afternoon they are relieved most of the supplies were still in the van and are grateful to the media for publicizing the theft.