Police probe theft of Centereach sports league's equipment

James Hannon, of the Three Village Baseball & Softball League, told Suffolk County police items worth between $8,000 and $10,000, were taken sometime between Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014, and Thursday morning, April 17, from a unit at Levitt Ballfield Park, at Hawkins and Wireless roads in Centereach. (Credit: Ed Betz/News 12)

Thieves broke into the Three Village Baseball & Softball League's storage facility earlier this week, stealing two golf carts and a defibrillator, the group's president said Friday.

"I don't know if they were taking them for a joy ride or maybe stealing them to take upstate to try to resell," Jim Hannon said. "All I know is they are stealing from our youth."

Hannon told Suffolk County police the items, worth $8,000 to $10,000, were taken sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning from a storage shed at Levitt Ballfield Park at Hawkins and Wireless roads in Centereach. The thieves used a bolt cutter to remove the locks, he said. One of the carts was recovered by police Friday.

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The golf carts are used to move equipment across the park, which has several fields used by the group's baseball and softball players -- about 820 youths between 8 and 18 years old.

A generator was stolen last week, prompting the organization to upgrade the locks. Now, a welder is on the way to make the storage facility even more secure, Hannon said.

The Sixth Squad is investigating the thefts. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

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