Concession stand theft could cost youth baseball league thousands

Posted at 9:38 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 01:15:19-04

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- A  concession stand theft left a youth baseball league hurting for thousands of dollars, according to its president. 

Lawrenceburg Babe Ruth Baseball didn't just lose the $700 it had spent to stock the concession stand at Lawrenceburg Conservancy District Community Athletic Park on May 10, program president Ric Castillo said. It also lost the revenue it would have gotten from selling that candy -- revenue that would have gone toward buying new supplies, equipment and uniforms for its players.

"You are stealing from a lot of kids that depend on this program to do something," Castillo said. "We try to provide a program to keep kids off the street, give them some kind of team leadership (and) building skills. That's what we work on here."

The league will also have to foot the additional cost of changing locks on the doors to the concession stand and adding a security camera system to the building, he said. 

The Lawrenceburg Police Department is investigating the theft, but Castillo said no one had been caught.

"It makes us feel under-appreciated I guess," said 16-year-old Gary Hill of the theft. "They just come down here and take what isn't theirs. It's not right. It's not fair to Ric or us."

Police requested that anyone with information about the theft should call the Lawrenceburg Police Department at 812-537-2282.