12-Year-Old's Race Car Destroyed After Trailer Stolen, Burned


Monday, August 17th 2020, 12:13 pm
By: News On 6, Reagan Ledbetter


The 12-year-old Tulsa race car driver says he’s heartbroken after thieves stole the boy’s racing trailer with car tools and parts, then set it on fire.

The family says they have lost more than $25,000 in equipment.

Hayden Mabe has been racing since he was 6-years-old.

His family says they don’t go on vacations because they put their time, money, and passion into racing and now they have nothing.

"It means everything to me. It was my favorite thing to do every Saturday,” says Hayden Mabe.

Hayden says his heart broke when he saw what was left of trailer and race car.

Osage County Deputies found the trailer destroyed on a rural road near Skiatook.

Hayden and his dad say everything they’ve worked so hard for, during the last six years, is gone.

"Everything. Spare parts. Extra wheels and tires. Shocks. Even borrowed parts were in the trailer and burnt,” says Brandon Mabe, Hayden’s father. “We work hard every day. We try to do everything for our kids, then somebody steals it. I just don't understand."

Brandon says someone stole the truck and trailer from their house while they were at church on Sunday.

"Almost had to be waiting for us to leave, I just don't understand. Go get a job. Go work for your stuff,” says Brandon.

Hayden had just raced the car in Tulsa Saturday night.

They eventually found the truck and then, a day later, found the trailer.

"Why couldn't they have just dumped it on the side of the road you know, and left the car. I'm broken. I just don't have anything left,” says Brandon.

Hayden says racing is his passion, and now he feels like a part of him is missing.

"I just wish they would have taken the race car instead of burning it, too” says Hayden.

The Osage County Sheriff's Office says they are working with Tulsa County Deputies to find who did this.