Local little league organization had equipment, food stolen

Local little league organization had equipment, food stolen

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - On Thursday night, the concession stand for the Eastern Little League in Midland was robbed, leaving members wondering what to do next.

Julian Shelton, head coach for the Eastern Cubs said, "To be honest, it's stupidity really."

Tonya Brandon, a board member for the Eastern Little League said, "We had helmets taken, pitching machines taken, baseballs, baseball bag that carry all of our equipment in there. Stuff the kids need."

"I felt sad because we're doing this for the kids. You didn't take from adults, you took from some kids," said Shelton.

The league tries to help the 125 kids, ages 6-12 be the best they can be.

"The kids look forward to playing baseball every year. You could come up here any day of the week if there's not games going on the kids are up here practicing. Some of these kids live up here four to six days a week practicing," said Brandon.

It will take time to replace all the items that were stolen.

"It's going to hurt us in the long run. We worked hard to get where we are at now," said Shelton.

Both Brandon and Shelton said this is a bump in the road, but they had a message for whoever stole from the little league.

"Don't steal from people, we've asked God to forgive you and he will forgive you," said Brandon.

"We don't know who you are but he does. It's going to be him that pays you back, not us," said Shelton.

Even after the theft, there were no plans for the little league to cancel any games on Friday. If you want to donate to Eastern Little League you can visit their website at http://www.easternbaseball.net/ or you can send an email to Joe Melendez at president@easternbaseball.net.

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