Crooks steal $5K in equipment from Al K. Jackson ahead of tournaments

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 12 at 9:27 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Thieves made-off with thousands of dollars in maintenance equipment from the Al K. Jackson field Tuesday, ahead of several tournaments that Spokane’s American Legion Baseball league is scheduled to host there during the summer.

Spokane Legion President Andy Franklin said the thieves cut through the fence, used a crowbar to pry open the door, and took-off on the league’s Gator utility vehicle with more than $5,000 in equipment. Griffin Bacon, with the Shadle Park Legion Baseball Team, said he and more than 400 other players who utilize the field every summer will miss that Gator and the rest of the stolen equipment until it is returned or replaced.

“It’s used to transport supplies; get down from the gate and back... to bring stuff from the school and get around the field,” Bacon said. “Yes, it’s essential.”

Franklin said the thieves also stole a weed eater, leaf blower, and several cans of paint used to line the field.

“If we got it back, it would just make it easier to maintain this field and doing any running around to making sure the grass is mowed, making sure the lines are painted and making sure this looks like a professional field to play on,” Franklin said.

Franklin said the theft would not affect the league’s upcoming tournaments, despite the inconvenience.

Bacon said he has one message for the thieves:

“Watch-out and don’t do it again, because Shadle Park baseball is coming for you,” Bacon said.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

 

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