Volunteers with Chula Vista American Little League discovered the theft Saturday morning. Overnight Friday, someone broke into the storage shed behind Hilltop Middle School, stealing $20,000 worth of landscaping equipment including a seated John Deer lawnmower.
Unlike most little leagues, Chula Vista American has to maintain their own fields, “So a hit like this means no jerseys or extra things. And all of that comes out of the pockets of parents,” said league President Leroy Donaldson.
To prepare for the burglary, the thieves first cut the power to the security cameras. They came back around Saturday night but this time, cameras were rolling. So far none of the video shows the burglars’ faces but parents remain hopeful.
“We spend more time here than at our own homes. I can’t believe someone would steal from kids. It’s just not right and it hurts,” said volunteer mother Nicole Colmenero, fighting back tears.
The team plans to set up a fundraising website but until then, anyone who wants to donate to the league can email Donalsdon at firstname.lastname@example.org