SOUTHINGTON -- A break-in at a local little league field will likely cost the nonprofit organization more than $1,000 to fix.
Joe Pagano, board member at the Southington North Little League and VP for the upper division, said at least one suspect broke down a door and smashed a window to get into the score booth and concession stand at Memorial Park sometime late Saturday or early Sunday.
“They somehow managed to kick the door down or bust it open,” Pagano said of the upstairs score booth.
Nothing appeared missing from the score booth, he said, adding that there really isn’t anything of value in there. However, Pagano said the cash register inside the concession stand, which did not have any money inside, was clearly manipulated as if someone tried to pry it open.
Pagano believes the suspect or suspects were motivated by the potential to steal cash or something else of value, as, aside from the damage to get inside, there was no sign of vandalism. The suspect or suspects did not appear to take anything.
Though it’s not yet clear how much the broken door jamb and smashed window will cost to replace, Pagano estimated that it will topple the $1,000 mark.
“I’m just speculating that it has to be a teenager or someone younger based on size,” he said. “There’s not a lot of room to get into the window space.”
Whoever it was must have gotten hurt, as little league officials found a “ton of blood” on the floor near the smashed window,” Pagano said. Police were called to investigate the break-in Saturday morning and were able to lift multiple fingerprints and take DNA samples, he continued.
“Hopefully we can catch the person,” Pagano said.
“It’s just sad that someone would do that,” he added. “It’s very disheartening. We’re obviously a nonprofit organization here for the kids.”
One good thing that came out of the break-in was to see how quickly volunteers stepped in to clean up the mess and board up the window opening, which resulted in a game scheduled for noon on Sunday to go on interrupted despite the damage being discovered shortly before it was scheduled to start, Pagano said.
“We’re all volunteer-run,” he said. “We have over 200 kids playing fall ball and we’re trying to get them back to some normalcy.”
“Obviously it’s very upsetting, but we’re trying to stay positive.”
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