NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A vandalism and a thief struck Noblesville Babe Ruth on Monday, the youth baseball league announced on Tuesday.
The crime didn’t start that late. Surveillance cameras show someone jumping a fence around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The suspect crept around, then came back around 11:30 pm and set off with tools and a flatbed trailer.
“It could definitely be worse,” said Eli Haskett, facility director for the nonprofit league.
The thief stole a bag of tools from the concession booth at the Noblesville Babe Ruth baseball facility in Forest Park, then tried to get into the maintenance barn. Fortunately, the thief didn’t get in and the siding was fixed.
In the end, the thief set off with a little red flatbed trailer.
“The value of the material can of course be substituted, but the injury part is the worst part,” said Haskett.
The thief then took the items to the other side, where they tried to cut through the lock with tools. If they couldn’t, they just tore open the fence and set off with them.
Haskett estimates the total value of missing items plus repairs at $ 2,000.
“To do this to an organization that is only here to help and give the kids something to do, especially at times like these when they really need it,” said Haskett. “Taking this is a pretty minor blow I think.”
Cameras in the Forest Park Aquatic Center next door have captured the thief. Haskett said it was one of several lucky charms. If no contractor had been working on the floors and grounds, it could have been weeks before the damage and thefts were discovered.
As it is, the thief left some forensic evidence for the police and now everything is secured again.
While the idea of cameras and a security system has been talked about in the past, it is now a higher priority in a place not known for a crime problem.
“You always want to be surprised in your own community, in your small town of course, but in the desperate times we are in right now, you are obviously going to see more desperate action,” said Haskett.
News 8 contacted the Noblesville Police Department for a copy of the security materials. However, investigators have been told they cannot publish anything about an active case.
Haskett said someone discovered later Tuesday that another building in the park appeared to be damaged and he hopes other cameras have been caught that did that damage.