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$15,000 in equipment stolen from Highland Baseball

One local baseball league was surprised to drive by their fields Monday morning only to realize their equipment had been stolen.

League officials at Highland Baseball Association say they stored a four-wheeler, a John Deere Gator and three pitching machines in the club's garage.

The league president, Matt Pokorney tells 14 News all of that equipment was stolen Monday morning between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. 

Officials say the thieves used a saw to cut straight through the back of the building and gain access to the equipment.

Board members say once inside, they simply lifted the garage door up, and rode off with the gear.

Pokorney says his friend drove by at 6:30 a.m. and the garage door was down and nothing was out of ordinary. But when another league member drove by at 7:30 a.m., the door was up and the gear was gone.

Crime scene officials dusted for fingerprints and Pokorney suspects the thief or thieves knew exactly what they were looking for. 

"It's unfortunate. I don't look at it as them stealing from me, these thieves stole from the kids. Every dime that we put in this program, we bring in, goes back into the program. We cannot absorb a $15,000 loss. We've had other programs already call this morning and offer their help loaning us equipment until we can replace ours," Pokorney said.

Officials say the suspects also tried to pry open a trailer, which is used in the next week at the Fall Festival. Members say had the inside been vandalized, it could have eliminated one of their biggest fundraisers.

Officials say they are offering a $1,500 reward to anyone with information that leads to a conviction.

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