ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas Little League has been hit five times by thieves.
Every time the crooks have stolen cash, equipment and food.
“That’s enough,” says Kelley Palomino who is a Southeast Arlington Little League parent.
On this Friday after school and you can see the excitement on the faces of Southeast Arlington Little Leaguers.
They’re ready to play at Cravens Park in Arlington, “I love baseball,” Landen Ashby says.
In fact, the 9-year-old loves baseball so much he says, “I would trade pickles for it. Like if my mom said would you rather have pickles for dinner or would you play baseball I would say I want to play baseball even though I love pickles.”
As he learns all about his favorite sport off the field it is a different kind of lesson being taught and it centers around what’s been happening with the little leagues concession stand.
The Southeast Arlington Little League has been hit five times by thieves since Spring Break.
Just this week they were hit three times.
The crooks break the door locks to the concession stand and even the alarm keypad.
“I believe we’ve lost over $2,000,” says Antwone Perry who volunteers and is the Concession Manager. “You are hurting the kids as well as the community all of Southeast Arlington.”
The non-profit leases the fields from the city and runs the concessions stand.
The league has had to come up with the money to restock the concession stand and buy new equipment.
“I think it’s awful who ever is doing it is stealing from the kids,” says Palomino. “The concession stand money helps pay for the tournament at the end of the year, trophies, like I said uniforms for the boys. It costs money to rent the fields every game, it costs money to turn lights at night.”
League parents who are all volunteers say they can’t afford the break-ins and if it keeps happening then there may be no baseball.
For players like Ashby that is devastating, “then that would be horrible that would be bad,” says Ashby.
Arlington Police have ramped up security to keep a closer eye on the park.
The city has spent about $3,000 to repair damage to the concession stand as well.
The little league is hoping anyone with information will call the police.