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Outpouring Of Help Following Little League Theft

A Massachusetts youth baseball league that had $1,500 worth of equipment stolen before the season started has received so many donations that it can replace the equipment and build a more secure storage area.

The theft of bats, balls, helmets, cleats and other equipment from a South Lawrence East Little League storage pod was reported last week. Donations poured in from across the country, including one from former major leaguer Mo Vaughn.

George Herman, the league's president, tells The Eagle-Tribune that the league replaced the stolen equipment and has $11,000 left over. It hopes to construct a building with storage, restrooms and a concessions stand.

The league serves about 300 mostly low-income children. There have been no arrests.



Previous Story from 4/24/2009:

Lawrence police say a thief made off with $1,500 worth of equipment belonging to a local youth baseball league days before the start of the season.

Someone broke into a South Lawrence East Little League storage pod and took more than 100 baseballs meant to last the entire season, several bats, helmets, equipment bags, water bottles, five pairs of cleats and a set of catcher's equipment.

Things could have been worse, because most of the league's equipment was distributed to coaches only hours before the break-in was discovered Thursday morning.

A parent volunteer tells The Eagle-Tribune newspaper the league does not have the money to replace the stolen equipment. The league serves about 300 mostly low-income children.

Police say there are no suspects.


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