Little league team benched after thieves make off with their equipment
The Mustangs' field house at Pratt City Park. Source: WBRC video
Raymond May, the father of one of the little leaguer, says thieves made their way through this opening and into the field house. Source: WBRC video
PRATT CITY, AL (WBRC) -
Reginald May says just after Christmas, thieves used a small window to break into Pratt City Park's field house and steal thousands of dollars worth of little league and lawn equipment.
"There were helmets stolen, there were pads, shoulder pads were stolen. There were helmets taken. They cleaned them out. They took everything. From lawn equipment, they took all of their uniforms," said May.
In total, May says the suspects got away with $6,000 worth of property. Now, with no equipment, his son and the Mustang little league team may not have a chance to play this season.
"Right now, everything is riding on getting donations and getting equipment," said May.
If that doesn't happen in the next couple of months, parents could be shelling out more money to get their kids in the game while others may have to pull their kids from the team because of the higher expense.
"If the cost is going to go up, some kids will not be able to play," May said.
It's not just about the getting kids in the game. May says it's what the kids get out of the sport that means even more.
"We're hoping to curb a lot of the crime through involvement. Engaging them in something positive and this little league football team is a part of that," said May.
At the time of the theft, there was no surveillance at the field house but May says they will soon install cameras around the field house to better secure it.
Anyone who would like to donate to help replace some of the stolen equipment should contact community worker Reginald May at 205-533-6024.