Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s stolen van found in Del Mar

By Kristina Houck

A day after reporting it missing, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito has recovered its stolen van.

The van, which was reportedly stolen from the lot sometime April 25-28 at the organization’s Harper Branch in Solana Beach, was discovered on April 29 on the corner of Condesa Drive and La Amatista Road in Del Mar. A community member notified the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito roughly 10 a.m. after spotting the 2002 white Ford E-350 Super Duty van.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” said Brett Wilson, director of operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.

The vehicle was found with a broken window. Because it had been started illegally, there was also damage to the ignition panel, Wilson said. He did not have an estimate for how much the repairs would cost.

Founded in 1966, today the organization serves more than 21,000 youth in the San Dieguito community through its seven branches. The Harper Branch, which is located at 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach, serves an average of 50 children every day.

The branch uses its two vehicles to transport children from local schools to the organization’s clubs and field trips.

“There’s a lot of shuttling and kids being left at school while we shuttle back and forth,” said Wilson. “We definitely felt the impact yesterday and today. It was half our fleet.”

The vehicle is currently at a repair shop, and the case is still under investigation.

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