When Leslie Grant arrived at her business last Wednesday, something was missing: a 12-foot enclosed trailer. The trailer, which Grant uses as part of her Snappy Chicks Boutique store at 1904 Johnson Drive, was stolen sometime between 9 p.m. June 4 and 9 a.m. June 5.
She uses it to take products to crafts shows along with storage and was planning to use it in conjunction with a major show in Nashville at the end of this month.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “We worked hard to have a small business and someone feels like they can just take something away from you.”
Grant, who co-owns the store with business partner Marla Sexson, said she was both frustrated and upset.
“I was so angry and couldn’t believe that someone decided they wanted our trailer,” she said.
She turned to social media to find out if anyone had seen the trailer.
“Not a good morning for the chicks,” she wrote on her social media site on the day of the theft of the gray Doolittle brand trailer. She reported the theft to the Derby police, but so far, it has not been found.
The situation created a groundswell of support and outrage on social media and one individual, Steve Castaneda, who runs a trailer rental business in Kechi, volunteered to let Grant use one of his for her trip if it’s not found soon.
“We had one stolen over Christmas three years ago so we know the feeling,” he said.
Grant had taken steps to prevent a theft, but they weren’t enough to stop this. There was a lock on the front hitch and all the doors to the trailer were locked.
“They just beat that until it broke,” she said of the front hitch lock.
Also, after the incident, a box for a floor jack from the nearby Walmart was discovered along with pieces of the hitch. The police have talked about the incident with Walmart security.
Grant knows it happened overnight because the trailer was there when another nearby business closed.
She has posted the information on a social media site for trailer thefts, but is not hopeful about the return.
“We’re just going to move on at this point,” she said.
She is, however, considering installing a GPS tracker on her next trailer, which would track its movements.
Grant is asking for the public’s help. If anyone saw something suspicious during that time frame in the parking lot at 1904 Johnson Drive, they should let her or the police know about it. She can be reached at 316-351-5414 and the police at 316-788-1557.