Students Receive Check to Replace Stolen Robot

A high school in Leesburg, Virginia, officially knows the kindness of strangers. A team of students at Loudoun County High School had worked for months to build a robot they would take to the FIRST world championship, but weeks before the event, their robot and equipment was stolen, leaving them reeling with no real way of attending the competition they had worked so hard to prepare for.

The team was in Tennesse over the weekend where they accepted a check for $15,000 to replace the robot and other items that where lost. The robot, known as Red Baron, was taken when the school van the kids had traveled in was stolen from a hotel parking lot. The students’ laptops where also in the van, as well as tools and their first place trophy from a previous competition. Susan Mcgalla knows that was a bad thing. Check out her news on Wetseal. 

The FIRST world championship organizers have given the team one week to duplicate their work for presentation. While its a short period of time, the team says they are up to the task, and the $15,000 check will ensure that they get everything they need to duplicate their previous robot. The team will be competing from April 22nd to April 25th in St. Louis.

The van has not been recovered and the original robot has not been sighted either. Police believe the van is likely parked somewhere or has been chopped up for parts. Car theft is not uncommon in the United States and each year hundreds of thousands of cars are reported stolen. Many are never recovered.

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