CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - In Cheektowaga, a break in has left a Little League scrambling. The groundskeeper for the Little League found the storage shed ransacked over the weekend. When he realized how much was gone, he knew it was going to financially set them back.
Southline Little League got an unwelcomed surprised Saturday night. Someone broke into their equipment garage and stole more than $1,000 in equipment.
"They took a good amount," said Southline Little League President Patrick Law. "It's mostly landscaping stuff that we lost, which is important with the diamonds so that's tough."
Law says they got in by breaking down the door, opening the garage and taking whatever they could get. They took shovels, rakes, pick axes and a high-end electrical wire.
Law said, "There was plenty more in there that they could have taken, so I don't know if they got started or just took what they could take."
Law thinks the burglars stole the iron and copper tools to sell it at scrap metal recycling facilities. He says they also tried to break into their announcement booth.
The kicked the door in, but luckily they weren't successful. Little League officials are trying to pick up the pieces. They are putting stronger doors on both shed and beefing up security.
As for the kids, they will still get to play baseball this spring, but replacing the equipment will be costly.
"Every dollar we have to replace, something like that is something we can't do to improve the diamond." Law explained, "We'll make do, we'll get by but somebody doing something like this really hurts. It's a cascade effect."
Law filed a report with the Cheektowaga Police. He says they told him the case is now in the hands of the detective unit.
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