An idealistic group of young artists got a bitter taste of reality Monday morning.
Teen Nation Tour was scheduled to perform a 90-minute anti-bullying program at a couple of Dallas schools this week, but someone stole the group's equipment trailer overnight.
The trailer had the phrase "Stand and Defend against Bullying" on the back.
It was filed with more than $25,000 worth of equipment such as a sound system, fog machine, lights and props. Much of it was brand new.
The trailer was taken before 3 a.m. from the Best Western in Addison parking lot, near the Galleria. Police later found it in Dallas, but it was empty.
"This is completely devastating. We're gonna try to keep doing the tour and see what we can do. Hopefully someone will be able to help us out with the equipment that we need to replace," said Christina Lachaga, a performer.
She said even though some her personal equipment was in the stolen trailer, the kids that they perform for are really the victims of this crime.
A number of FOX 4 viewers offered to help the teens out, including Freeman AV of Dallas. The company donated all of the equipment the group needs to continue with its nationwide tour.
Police encourage anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 972-450-7150.
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