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Stolen Boys & Girls Club van recovered

Club is seeking donations to help pay for the damage done to the vehicle

SOLANA BEACH — A van used by the Boys & Girls Club in Solana Beach to transport children to afterschool activities was stolen over the weekend and damaged.

The white Ford Econoline van was stolen from the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club Harper Branch, located on Loma Santa Fe Drive sometime between April 25 and April 28, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

A citizen’s tip led to the recovery of the van, which was found abandoned on Condensa Drive in Del Mar on Tuesday morning, according to Brett Wilson, the Director of Operations for the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club.

The van’s passenger window was broken and the ignition had been damaged.

The repairs for the vehicle “are definitely going to be an out-of-pocket expense, definitely not good,” said Wilson.

The van is one of two used by the Boys & Girls Club branch to pick up kids from Solana Vista Elementary School for afterschool programs.

Without it, there have been delays in transporting the children, Wilson said.

The cost of the repairs to the van is still being evaluated, but the Boys & Girls Club hopes to collect donations to help cover the expense.

Donations can be made at