Crime

June 11, 2014

Equipment, trophies stolen from youth baseball league

A thief broke into the storage unit of a nonprofit youth baseball league in Modesto on Tuesday, stealing equipment and participation trophies valuable only to the young players.

A thief broke into the storage unit of a nonprofit youth baseball league in Modesto on Tuesday, stealing equipment and participation trophies valuable only to the young players.

About $500 worth of equipment was taken from the Chrysler Youth Baseball league’s storage unit in Chrysler Park, near Rumble and Prescott roads, said Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves.

Samantha Gulley, who runs the league with her husband, said the storage unit was completely wiped out. Inside was umpire safety equipment; several packs of baseballs; two equipment bags with gloves, bats and helmets; $100 worth of recyclables intended to help fund an end-of-year celebration; and 24 medals to be handed out to players at the end of their season next week.

“I just got so sick to my stomach I started crying,” Gulley said. “These kids, this is all they have in that neighborhood.”

Responding Officer Kalani Souza, a K9 officer, could tell how upset Gulley was and wanted to help. He contacted the Modesto Police Department’s K9 Association, which donated money to replace the medals.

“I felt truly he was our blessing, he was our angel in this situation,” Gulley said.

She said she is still trying to work out how to pay for a year-end celebration for the players next week and regenerate the supply of equipment before the next season starts in December.

To donate equipment to the Chrysler Youth Baseball league, call Gulley at (209) 622-7080.

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