If you’ve been to a parade, you’ve probably seen the Shriners' mini-Jeep-like vehicles.
Those vehicles are part of the Shriner motor pool identity, and someone stole three of the vehicles from a local branch.
Between Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon, someone broke into the Sphinx Shriners Motor Patrol of Newington’s car transport trailer and stole the vehicles.
The Shriners want them back and are offering a reward.
They said the vehicles are an intricate part of the identity of the Motor Patrol, which participates in local parades and competes with other Shriners throughout the United States. The unit raises money for the support of the Shriners Hospitals. Each vehicle is handmade, and most date to 1955.
The Shriners said the cars are registered in the state and have Connecticut license plates on the front and back of the vehicles. Two are yellow cars with plate #2 and #3, and one red car has plate #11.
If you have seen or have any information regarding the theft of these cars, please call Sphinx Shriners Motor Patrol Captain Weston Bedore at 860-874-7230 or the Sphinx Shriners at 860-666-5449.
The Sphinx Shriners is the local chapter of Shriners International, whose 22 hospitals and burn centers throughout the United States care for children with orthopedic disorders, cleft palate and burns.