Thieves target property of softball league

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HACIENDA HEIGHTS – The local youth softball league has been hit by a foul ball again.Sometime Monday night, thieves broke into the Hacienda Heights Youth Softball League’s snack shed at Cedarlane Middle School, where league members sell hot dogs, burgers and candy during games to earn money for equipment and uniforms.Tuesday morning, they discovered a hole cut in a grated metal window. The league’s hot dog griller, costing about $1,500, and an empty cash register were missing, along with some candy.The theft comes just days after coaches and parents discovered nearly $5,000 worth of field-preparation equipment and bases missing from a storage container at the school. The thieves sprayed the word “Thanks!” across the container.League members are furious the crooks this time struck at the league’s ability to raise money for itself.Hot dogs were the biggest seller, said Roxy Avalos, 15, a softball player. The league sold them for about $1.25 to $1.75.“It’s so hard to raise money,” she said, adding they were trying to earn enough to buy new uniforms and the thefts are a huge setback.Umpire-in-chief Dave Diederich said the league may work with the school district to move the sheds or find a way to keep them more secure. The sheds have been hit hard in recent months with tagging and some vandalism.But the community has started responding with offers of help. Tuesday, the league received a donation from Sarver Sports Inc. in San Dimas, for an automatic softball pitcher and a set of softballs.Minor League baseball player Scott Sarver of San Dimas said his family wanted to help after learning about the theft in the news.Industry Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Bermer said he has not received reports of similar thefts at other Hacienda Heights schools.Cedarlane Middle School has some five diamonds where the league, with 300 to 350 players, practices. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306last_img

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