PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The South Mountain Little League had its facility broken into and equipment worth thousands of dollars stolen. The league’s president, Cristobal Leon, discovered their facility, near 7th Street and Southern Avenue, was broken into when he arrived Saturday morning.
“I arrived and saw the door wide open, someone had broken into our snack bar and stole our popcorn machine, snow cone machine, [and] nacho machine. Our snack bar is one of our biggest revenues, and they stole all of our equipment,” Leon said.
Leon said riding lawnmowers, lawn equipment, and baseball equipment was also stolen. He said it appeared that the thieves broke several locks to gain entry and even broke open a window to remove equipment from the snack bar.
The league, which is non-profit and run by volunteers, had a lot of baseball equipment stolen that had been acquired over the years as donations from other leagues.
“This really makes me sick because we’re only like two weeks away from the season,” Leon said. “Why would you do this to people who donate their time?"
Leon said he called Phoenix police and filed a report. The league has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover costs for replacing the stolen equipment.
"At the end of the day we're here for the kids," Leon said. "This takes away from our league. Now we're gonna have to figure out what we can do to keep this snack bar running."