Baseball equipment stolen

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marshall County's young baseball players were robbed of equipment stored in the Babe Ruth Building over the weekend. Food and a camera were also taken.

Officer Kevin Clark was dispatched to the Babe Ruth Field about 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in reference to a burglary. Clark and Danny Hollingsworth of the Little League discovered that six bats, worth $950; a catcher's mask, valued at $200; and two canvas equipment bags were missing. The intruder had also entered the kitchen area and taken four bags of frozen chicken breasts and two bags of frozen French fries. Three Gatorade bottles and a coffee pot had been moved around.

Clark's report describes the other item taken from the kitchen area: "a wildlife camera had been placed on a shelf in the kitchen area to take pictures of anyone gaining entry; however, the camera was stolen."

Detective Santiago McKlean took photographs and fingerprints, and also observed footprints and a drag mark outside the building.

Officer Chris Sawyers had seen an open door at the Babe Ruth Building while he was on patrol at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. On that occasion, Sawyers and Keith Hollingsworth determined that nothing was missing.

Four greens at Saddle Creek Golf Club were damaged by having "something like a dirt bike" ridden across them, leaving tread imprints.

Officer Denise Savage was called to the club at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and shown the damage to greens 11, 15, 16, and 17. She measured the width of the rear tire print at 4 to 5 inches, and the front tire print at 3 to 4 inches. Savage's report states that the club estimates the cost of the damage "to be near $1,000."