Thieves hit Little League press box, concessions stand

Thieves targeted the press box and concessions stand at the Little League field in Wharton
August 30, 2011 2:55:22 PM PDT
Police in Wharton are asking for help to find the vandals who caused thousands of dollars in damage at a Little League field. Investigators say they damaged the press box and concession stand and ran off with lots of equipment and a flat screen TV.

This has really rattled folks. They're upset that someone would rip off a Little League and take from kids just out on the field to have a good time.

Locking up the press box at the Wharton Little League baseball fields now requires a drill.

"You can be angry about it, but it wouldn't do you any good," said John Kowalik with the Wharton Little League.

League officials say someone cut the lock on the gate and climbed up and through a second story window. They'd already tried to destroy the deadbolt on a door with a cinder block, but apparently still couldn't get in.

"We've got to stop it," Kowalik sad. "We've got to do something."

Thieves stole a laptop computer, flat screen TV and a printer from the press box.

Parent Tiffany Mitchell said, "Just to find that somebody does that, it's heartbreaking really."

Down below they kicked in the concessions windows -- no easy task. They used such force that they actually ripped a bracket from the wall.

The crooks forced open the cash registers and before leaving they discharged a fire extinguisher throughout the upstairs, coating most everything with powder. Police think say that was done for a reason.

"It was probably done to conceal evidence, maybe to try to destroy fingerprints or anything they might've left behind, something like that," suggested Det. Don Falks with the Wharton Police Department.

Everything is coated -- even the championship banners from more than 30 years ago.

"We hope it doesn't destroy them because these really can't be washed," Kowalik said.

Whoever did this was at the scene for some time. Board members hope someone saw something which can help investigators.

If you have information which can help, you can call Wharton Crime Stoppers at 979-543-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.


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