If you've driven north on Ruby lately, you may have noticed a downed tree and half of a carved wooden canoe in front of a house. It's being carved for The Salvation Army's Camp Gifford for kids in need, but the canoe isn't quite finished. The main tool they were using to carve it was stolen over the weekend.
"Somebody came past the home Sunday morning and said, 'What's that door open?' and went in and found the chainsaw missing," the Salvation Army's Captain Kyle Smith said.
Smith said the Husqvarna 395 wood-carving chainsaw was donated. The canoe is for under-privileged kids at Camp Gifford on Loon Lake, but the project is also for cultural enrichment.
The two men carving it are from the Marshall Islands, a small country about midway between Hawaii and Australia. Kyle says there's a large population of them involved in Spokane and now the main tool they were using to carve that canoe is gone.
"We had it all locked up in the house and somebody took it. That was sad, we were even checking our cameras to see if we could see it but we couldn't," Smith said.
The first experience for the kids to feel the swift movement of a boat through the water, was stolen by a sly thief through the door. The crime won't dampen their spirits, but Smith just wants the chainsaw back.
"We wouldn't even ask a question. We'd give him a hug and say, 'Thanks for being honest ... this time'," he said.
The Salvation Army is working with the Spokane Police Department, so if you saw or know anything about the theft you're asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.