Burglars hit Indianapolis Little League for second time

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A youth baseball league on the south side of Indianapolis got hit by a burglar overnight. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time and the loss could force them to shut down for good.

After the first burglary, the Little League tried to do everything to protect itself. But once again, the burglar got in through a second-story window, which is now covered with thick plywood until repairs can be done.

Little League manager Steve Wright showed Eyewitness News what the latest burglar did while inside their concession stand and office building. He’s been working with Little League teams for 30 years and has never seen anything like this.

"The old register didn’t have anything in it," Wright said. "We had a new register and they took that. They got into our safe down here and opened it up and took what we had in there."

Indiana Central Little League is the oldest in the state, servicing about 400 kids a year. Some of the families they serve are on strict incomes and baseball is the one sport that is not extremely expensive. But when thieves target what little budget they do have at the diamond, it can have a huge impact.

Burglars just struck this past August and then again overnight Monday. The thief used an upside-down trash can to stand on, then scaled the building to an upstairs window before breaking the glass to get inside.

"I have been doing this for 30 years in the Little league and it's sad, sad, that somebody does this to the kids," said Wright.

Indiana Central Little League has seven different baseball diamonds which cost money to keep up. Their budget is so tight at times they have relied on volunteers to come and cut the grass. The two burglaries not only jeopardize getting new trophies for the kids, but also their 2020 season and the games scheduled for this coming weekend.

"The person that did this is a low life. I am just keeping it real," Steve Wright said, "If we can’t do a concession, can't go get trophies for the kids, so what's going to happen? We ain't gonna have it."

After the first break-in, managers purchased an alarm system. But they could not afford to buy the camera equipment. The Little League plans to secure the window even better. A supporter has offered to fix the window for just the cost of the materials. Indiana Central Little League managers rely only on donations and sponsor dollars to keep the program going.

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