Miamisburg youth swim team: thieves stole trailer, thousands of dollars in equipment

MIAMISBURG — A local swim team says thieves made off with a trailer full of equipment, and at least $10,000 worth of gear inside.

The Miamisburg Barracudas Swim Team says Thursday, the team learned from Five Rivers MetroParks Police, some of its gear had been dumped in the area of Huffman Dam. The team subsequently realized, someone had apparently cut a lock, broken into Sycamore Trails Aquatic Club, 20 miles south of the discovery, and stolen a trailer that houses team equipment.

“At first it was very shocking to think it has been sitting here so long and people took it,” Barracudas Board President Katie Quackenbush said. “And now (it is) sad. And a little mad that someone came and took our stuff and it’s affecting the kids that are going to swim here this summer.”

The team expect to learn which gear actually turned up at Huffman Dam,  and how much of it is salvageable.

The trailer, however, remains on the loose.

The Barracudas filed a police report, Quackenbush said. WHIO has reached out to Miamisburg Police for more information on the investigation into this case.

In the meantime, Barracudas Head Coach Nicole Castoe said this is disappointing news for the team, after a canceled 2020 season due to COVID…with 2021′s new season just weeks away.

“The fact that someone would take the things we paid for,” Castoe said. “Things we’ve worked hard for…steal those away from our swimmers, our kids, it’s really disheartening.”

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