Thousands of dollars worth of baseball and softball equipment was stolen this week from a nonprofit youth baseball association in Waterford.
David Fernandez, president of the Waterford Baseball Softball Association, said bags with baseballs, bats, helmets and other equipment, as well as a paint rig, were stolen from the nonprofit’s storage shed at Beard Park, 540 C St., on Monday night.
The most expensive item stolen was a $7,000 Kawasaki Mule, which is used to drag the field. Fernandez said the same vehicle was stolen and used for a joyride in January but later recovered from an irrigation canal. It cost nearly $2,000 to repair, he said.
The association teaches baseball and softball to children ages 4 to 14. Its regular season ended in June and several traveling teams the association sponsors have enough equipment to get by for now, but the equipment supply must be replenished by the time the regular season starts again in January, Fernandez said. The association will start fund-raising efforts soon.
Anyone who wants to donate equipment can call Fernandez at (209) 222-0241. Anyone with information about this crime can call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.