Vandals strike non-profit concession stand at Ratliff Stadium

Vandals strike non-profit concession stand at Ratliff Stadium
Mess left behind after vandals strike at Ratliff Stadium (Source: KWES)
Damage left behind by vandals (Source: Veronica Berry)
Damage left behind by vandals (Source: Veronica Berry)
Damage left behind by vandals (Source: Veronica Berry)
Damage left behind by vandals (Source: Veronica Berry)
Damage left behind by vandals (Source: Veronica Berry)
Damage left behind by vandals (Source: Veronica Berry)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A garbage can full of candy and a safe, that's what vandals tried to take from a concession stand at Ratliff Stadium. The worst part about the attempted theft is the concession stand is run by a non-profit. All of the money goes to local children in need.

The vandalism took place sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday night and 7 a.m. Thursday morning in the concessions area.

"Every penny we make here goes back to our children in Odessa. So when people do this, they are hurting their own community," said Veronica Berry, President of the Odessa Downtown Lions Club.

Today was supposed to an exciting day at Ratliff stadium as the Lions Club prepares for the Permian High School homecoming game.

Instead, they were scrambling to pick up a mess left behind by vandals overnight.

"The door had been broken into, the glass was broken," said Berry. "There was candy everywhere. There was nacho cheese everywhere. They had fed themselves while they were here."

Not only did the vandals have a bite to eat while ransacking the place, they tried to get out with candy and a safe.

"They didn't leave with the safe, but they did throw it from three stories up trying to break it open, but it didn't work," said Berry.

Ector County I.S.D. confirms multiple people broke into the concession stand. They are investigating, but at this time, don't know if the vandals are students.

ECISD confirmed a homecoming bonfire was held at the stadium at 6 p.m. yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, the Lions Club wants some justice and for the perpetrators to understand their actions.

"Shame on them for not paying attention. I hope they get caught and understand who they hurt," said Berry.

The concessions will be open tonight during the Permian High School homecoming game against Bishop Timon-St. Jude, New York.

If you have any information on this vandalism and theft, contact Ector County I.S.D. police or Odessa Crime Stoppers at (432) 333-TIPS.

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