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Police probe theft of Centereach sports league's equipment

A golf cart stolen from a Centereach sports

A golf cart stolen from a Centereach sports facility earlier this week, was recovered by Suffolk County Police officers on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the end of Lois Court in Centereach. The golf cart was one of two stolen from a Three Village Baseball & Softball League's storage facility, locatred about a mile from where this cart was found. The second cart, along with other stolen equipment, has yet to be recovered. Credit: Christopher Sabella

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.

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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