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Equipment returned to Highland Baseball after an arrest in the case

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Authorities and Highland Baseball Club officials looking over the returned equipment. Authorities and Highland Baseball Club officials looking over the returned equipment.
Steven James Vile. (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office) Steven James Vile. (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

It's a home run for the Highland Baseball Club Tuesday night. 

The young players have some of their equipment back after an arrest in a theft case from last week.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's office says Steven James Vile was arrested after deputies discovered stolen property from several burglaries at Vile's home on Ladonna Boulevard.

The expression on the club members' faces when they saw their equipment come rolling down the hill on the back of a tow truck said it all.

On the truck was some of the more than $15,000 worth of equipment that was stolen last week. The club noticed the missing items last Monday after deputies say Vile used a saw to cut through the building.

On Tuesday night, 14 News was there as deputies and Tri-State Towing delivered those items back to Highland. Members of the group shook the hands of the men who helped bring that equipment home.

 First, they drove the stolen Gator off the back of the truck. Then, it was time for the four-wheeler to come back home. They also got back one of the three stolen pitching machines.

Once inside the shed, an inspection showed some minor damage to both vehicles that Highland will have to repair.

Club President Matt Pokorney says it would have been too expensive to replace the items, so he's thankful they won't have to.

"It's a great night for Highland Baseball, for the club and our kids. Getting our equipment back, it means everything to us," Pokorney says.

"They would have suffered. They would have been the ones to suffer, no doubt about it. That's what hurts everybody and I'm glad to have them back," says David Fisher, the vice president of the club.

Club members say tens of thousands of people learned their story through social media, so they'd also like to thank everyone for spreading the word and the outpouring of support.

The sheriff's office says Vile is being held without bond at the Vanderburgh County Detention Center.

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