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Thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen from Ben Davis Little League sports teams

UPDATE: Some good news to report after some Little League sports teams had their equipment stolen. Indiana Sports Corp announced Monday that it will be donating more than 100 pieces of equipment to the Ben Davis Little League after seeing the story on News 8. Indiana Sports Corp’s donation includes everything from footballs and soccer balls to jerseys.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Some Ben Davis Little League sports teams are wondering how they will start the season after someone stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

The soccer club, the Cadet Football Association and little league baseball teams have been without equipment since the thefts occurred overnight on Aug. 7.

The soccer club president Brad Shoemaker told News 8 that someone broke into their shed and stole their club cadet utility vehicle and tools.

It’s an ATV to help spectators get to the soccer field and back during matches and to carry equipment.

The president said police found their ATV at a local pawn shop, but can’t get it back until the investigation is complete.

The team is hoping to raise money to replace their tools.

Around $5,000 of new catchers’ gear was stolen from the little league baseball team.

The Cadet Football team is missing their PA system and controllers for their scoreboard. Volunteers said this isn’t the first time their facilities have been broken into.

“Looking at the empty storage unit and not seeing the club cadet there was disheartening,” said Shoemaker. “Knowing that we still had work to do on the fields, knowing we were so close to getting the kids back out here. We were trying to bring some normalcy to their lives.”

Shoemaker hopes to have their ATV and tools back before their tournament in October.

The Cadet Football Association’s secretary Danielle Futch said, “We’re wondering if anyone, any electricians or anybody out there, would be willing to maybe donate, help us to get cameras out here or the motion lights just so we’ll be aware if someone’s out here. We’re really appreciative.”

Futch is asking anyone who can help to contact her 317-523-2573. The first football game is on Aug. 29.

The baseball team has been able to raise money to replace their stolen gear.

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