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March 30, 2012 > Little League Vandalized

Little League Vandalized

Submitted By Cara Madden-Watson

The Newark American Little League boardroom and snack bar at Newark Junior High was vandalized and burglarized sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning. All of the candy from the snack shack was stolen, along with forty to fifty unopened boxes of candy used for fundraising that was to be returned to the vendor this week. The thieves also broke into the lock box containing a small amount of cash.

In addition to the burglary, the thieves damaged three doors and locks, put a hole in the building and tried to light the exterior of the building on fire in order to gain access into the space below the counter top. Once inside, they destroyed the counter top to get into the snack shack, helped themselves to some food, broke the storage room door, and put a hole in the sheet rock that leads into the boardroom. Inside the boardroom, the vandals got into the umpire room and threw contents around. They then broke the door and lock to the equipment room, where they gained access to the fundraising candy. The vandals destroyed the copy machine and printer with powdered sugar and water, wrote graffiti on the walls inside the clubhouse, and littered the walls and floors with paperwork, glue, condiments, cocoa mix and powdered sugar from the snack shack.

Newark American Little League is a non-profit organization that provides a high-quality instructional and athletic baseball experience to the children of Newark and surrounding areas. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and relies heavily on proceeds from fundraisers and snack shack sales. This incident will cause a huge setback for the league.

If you have any information on this crime, please contact the Newark Police Department anonymous tip line at (510) 578-4965.

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