SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - A big theft has a Little League program calling foul.
A ransacked announcer's box serves as evidence of a thief's homerun at Bernie Webb Park, and that's a tough sight for Blountville Little League's treasurer Danny Williams to see.
"They stole all that equipment which was a couple of amplifiers and some computer equipment, and [they] also got into our mowing shed which is right here behind us. They stole mowers, [and a] couple other pieces of equipment," Williams told News 5.
In the process, some of the park's buildings were damaged, and the price tag isn't cheap.
"The equipment that we had taken this time is running around $3,000. That doesn't take into account the repairs that we have to do," said Williams.
Williams told us the equipment is covered by Little League insurance, but since the suspect[s] broke a window, and that's part of the structure, they'll have to come up with the money for that.
"That adds up probably another $400 or $500," Williams added.
We learned the program will have to rely on donations or higher registration fees to cover that cost since they don't have any direct funding. Williams said that is frustrating, because they've invested in keeping vandals out, since they've been hit before.
"This is the fourth time, I think," said Williams.
For this case, investigators hope they can track down those involved.
"One of the suspects cut themselves as they were possibly breaking the window to get in to the announcer's tower, so that evidence could prove to be beneficial," said Leslie Earhart, public information officer with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
Justice would be a victory for a program trying to keep a safe place for kids who just want to play ball.
"Anybody that would do this to children doesn't have a very high place in my book," said Williams.
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call them at (423) 279-7500.
You can also submit a tip anonymously online on their website, http://www.scsotn.com/.
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