ST. CLAIR TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – Parents and players of the River Valley Little League in St. Clair Township are heartbroken after learning someone stole $2,000 worth of concessions and gear from the team.
According to the police report, on Wednesday morning a board member, along with the president of the River Valley Little League, Chris Davis, found the original locks on the stands had been cut, and that they had been robbed.
Three brand new locks now seal the concession stands at the River Valley Baseball Complex.
“It’s gonna be approximately $2,000 worth of items missing. A lot of our money comes from our concessions, so now all of that stuff that was stolen, the chips and pop and Gatorade and all that stuff, has to be replaced,” Davis said.
The little league team hasn’t even been playing on these fields for a year. But what the community helped build, they are also helping replace.
“From a league stand point we are very disappointed, but the community outrage about the break is reassuring. We offered a $500 reward for information that leads to the prosecution for those responsible, and the community members have offered money also, so we’re up to $850,” Davis said.
Davis also said once they do get enough money raised, they will put a full security system around the complex, including surveillance cameras and lights. However, that price tag is about $5,000.
“We can’t keep having this stuff happen. I know my son, it tore him apart, and if you do that to kids then what are you teaching them?” Davis said.
As for the players, they have a message for whoever is responsible for the break-in.
“You’re gonna get caught and arrested,” said 10-year-old Preston Dawson.