Left in a lurch

Thief drives off in nonprofit's pickup

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Kay Borvansky said she isn't sure what Horizons Specialized Services will do without the organization's pickup.

The white, 1991 Ford F-150 was stolen from Horizons' offices on Ranney Street in Craig on Thursday.

"If we don't get that truck back, we're doomed," Borvansky said. "I'm so ripping mad I can't see straight."

The organization, which provides services to Northwest Colorado residents who have developmental disabilities and mental retardation, uses the truck to help clients move and to haul donated furniture.

Borvansky is the resource development coordinator for Horizons and also is in charge of in-kind donations. When people donate furniture to the organization, she uses the truck to deliver the items to Horizons' eight group homes in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

Horizons has numerous cars, but this was the organization's only truck.

The theft of the truck comes at a time when Horizons already is struggling financially.

'Quite a shock'

Horizons officials last saw the truck Wednesday night on the south side of the Horizons office in Craig, said Michael Toothaker, adult community coordinator for Horizons in Craig.

"I went out to drive it to Steamboat (Thursday) night when I left work and it wasn't there," Toothaker said. "It was quite a shock."

Toothaker reported the theft to Craig police Thursday night, he said.

Craig police spokesman Capt. Jerry DeLong said the department isn't sure where the truck is.

There is a possibility, Delong said, that a recent escapee from Correctional Alternative Placement Ser-vices, took the truck. The escapee was participating in a work-release program meant to ease the transition from prison to society.

Charles Edward Yoder, 40, walked away from the privately run program Thursday morning.

The CAPS facilities are across the street from where the truck was stolen.


Desperate need

Losing the truck won't affect client services, Toothaker said. But it will hurt the organization's ability to pick up donations and help clients move.

"We desperately need a truck," Toothaker said.

Horizons has endured a tough couple of months. The organization has seen state funding flatline in recent years. And earlier this month, Moffat County voters rejected a tax increase that would have benefited the organization.

A construction company in Routt County donated the truck to Horizons in 2001.

Horizons had to replace the brakes and the headlights. But the cost of repairs on the truck was well worth it, Borvanksy said.

"It has paid for itself 100 times over," Borvansky said.

Horizons officials say they hope police recover the pickup, in the meantime, Horizons needs help from anyone with a truck, Borvansky said.

"Who knows if we'll get it back," she said. "I've got a sense it is on its way to God knows where."

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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