TULSA - Thieves have stolen a train used by Shriners in the Oklahoma City area to help raise money for sick children.
The criminals took the train, and the truck and trailer used to transport it, from outside a Mustang, Oklahoma home sometime early Thursday morning.
Shriners use the train as a parade float to draw attention to their organization, and more importantly, its efforts to raise funds for its network of children's hospitals around the country.
They say the man who built the train has passed away, and so it can't be replaced.
Police and the Shriners hope someone will spot the distinctive-looking train and help them track down the thieves.
Perhaps those who stole it may even experience a change of heart if they realize what it meant to sick children.
So far, investigators have no leads in the case.