Los Banos Little League battling thefts

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comFebruary 28, 2014 

Los Banos Little League has been victimized by a series of thefts over the past month, according to the organization’s president.

Ben Roland said the three seperate incidents resulted in stolen baseball equipment, computers and miscellaneous items. The little league group meets at the ball fields along the 800 block of Colorado Avenue.

Roland said the first incident occured when two laptop computers were stolen from the car of one of the little league parents on Jan. 24 while the organization held a meeting nearby. Roland said the computers were used for little league business.

The second incident occurred Feb. 9 when someone cut through a fence, broke into the group’s snack bar area, Roland said. The culprits took storage equipment, cash registers and sodas.

“We found the cash registers at the airport. It’s offseason so there was nothing in them, but they were pretty beat up,” Roland said.

He said last week a Los Banos Little League trailer was stolen, but unlike the first two incidents the group did not report it to police.

Cmdr. Jason Hedden said the department received a report about the stolen laptops via its online reporting website. The Police Department log also shows the snack bar break-in was also reported to police.

Hedden said he is unaware of any extra patrol dispatched to the area as a result of the incidents. “What we do as a general rule is at the end of the shift they tell the guys there was a theft in the area,” he said

Hedden said the next shift on duty will typically patrol the area where the incident occurred.

Roland said he would like police to increase patrols in the area. He said the board has considered other options, but they are cost prohibitive. “We would like to have cameras out there but money is tight,” he said.

So he’s trying to raise public awareness in the area to try to combat the thefts. “I want to get the community to be aware of what’s going on out there,” Roland said.

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