ONLY ON 3: Church group building handicap bathroom for amputee has materials, trailer stolen

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Submitted: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:13am
Updated: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 3:34am

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One minute it was there, and the next it was gone.

Members of the Haw Bluff Baptist Church in Bladen County say someone stole a trailer full of materials being used to build a handicap accessible bathroom for a double amputee.

When members of the church offered to build Ken Lee a brand new bathroom that he could easily get around in, he was overjoyed. But that excitement quickly diminished when he found out someone stole the materials being used for the project.

“It disappoints me that people would steal from hard-working people and take something that they’ve not worked for,” Lee said.

Lee’s life changed completely last year. Because of a blood clot disorder, doctors amputated both of his legs. He says living in a wheelchair is a struggle, especially with two active kids at home.

“I sit in my wheelchair and throw ball with them but I can’t get out and run and play and show them things. And I can’t get out and work and earn a living,” Lee explained.

But the hardest part he says is getting in and out of his bathroom.

“When I go in the bathroom, I’m bumping into stuff, backing up, pulling forward, bumping in backing up, pulling forward to try to get positioned just to be able to use the bathroom,” Lee said.

Members of the Haw Bluff Baptist Church in Bladen County are building lee a brand new handicap accessible bathroom, but thieves stole the donated trailer filled with nearly $1,500 worth of materials.

It was taken from church member, Dwight Horrell’s, back yard Thursday morning.

“For a minute it was unbelievable,” Horrell said. “I called one of the guys and said, ‘hey man, if you didn’t get this trailer today, somebody has stolen it. He said, ‘I’m afraid I’ve got bad news for you.”

Pastor Steve Gasque says they reported the missing trailer to law enforcement, but they don’t want anyone prosecuted.

“We would just like to get the word out to say, ‘hey do you understand why, what that trailer was being used for, what the materials inside were being used for? And just bring it back,’” Gasque said. “We’d love to come out here tomorrow and see it parked right back here.”

Church members say this is a huge setback, and they need all the help they can get.

Gasque says if you would like to help out, you can contact the church at (910) 669-2194, or call his cell phone at (910) 233-0058.

The missing items include an enclosed black trailer, and wood for the project.

If you have any information about the crime, call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 862-6960.


  • Milton Malpass says:

    It’s sad that after all the hard work of the community: now, our friend has to wait for more material to either be bought or donated. He is in major need for his bathroom to be wide and wheel chair accessible. If anyone would like to donate or find out what or how please contact me and I will forward messages to family or you can probably use this link to contact family directly. Bubba Lee, my prayers are with you and much love brother. We will put it in God’s hands and he will work in the situation. Donations can be made to Haw Bluff payable to Bubba Lee. His story is one of perseverance as a non smoker yet lost legs due to clots. Lets help and the forgiveness shown as they don’t even want to pursue legal against thieves, just getting material back. Thanks for passing this along and prayers.

  • dawkins says:

    Look for your trailer just over the South Carolina state line. This is where most stolen trailers end up, as SC does not require any license plates or registration for most, unless recently changed.

  • anne says:

    Unfortunately there are people out there whose sole mission is to take other peoples belongings. If they spent half the time trying to do something positive as they do all the time ripping people off,, can you imagine how much better things would be?

    Hopefully they will return the things back to where they should be. Just remember – criminal acts have a way of coming back to bite you in the butt big time

  • taxpayer says:

    “Unfortunately there are people out there whose sole mission is to take other peoples belongings.”

    Look no further than the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as well as Congress.

  • sandalsaint says:

    These men came over to our house and fixed the small things while I was deployed to Afghanistan. That simple gesture meant more than they will ever know to my wife and I. I pray it shows back up. These are good men and God Bless them All.

  • RonMelancon says:

    Wake up everybody. South Carolinia has no registrations for your stolen trailers and we will exposure lthem!!! Google dangerous trailers how to steal a trailer. Then know what is going on!!!

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