Lake Wales – Parents, coaches and kids who make up the Lake Wales Little League are feeling what it’s like to lose.
Since last Wednesday, the league has been burglarized four times. “How did the league deserve this?” 11-year-old player Beau Worley asked.
Beau’s one of the hundreds of young players posing that question after hearing what happened.
“They climbed into the press box and they just vandalized the place,” deputy police chief Troy Schulze said.
The first two times, the thieves made off with hundreds of dollars earned all season through concessions. It was money meant to buy trophies. “It’s just devastating to the kids,” former league president Jim Maggard said.
On the third time – the thieves struck out. But on the fourth occasion, about $835 in electronic equipment was stolen. The thieves took the league’s PA system, which serves a big purpose in building confidence for the aspiring athletes.
“For a couple days here little Johnny might not be getting his name called out which is huge at that age for these kids,” Maggard said.
So far, police have arrested a 15-year-old who confessed to three of the four burglaries. An even tougher blow to the league, it’s a name they recognize from a roster a few years back.
“A 15-year-old just starting his life; you kind of hope he can turn his life around somehow,” Maggard said.
Police aren’t so sure that 15-year-old acted alone, so if you have any information about what happened, call Lake Wales Police Department at (863) 678-4223 ext. 271.
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