BASE­BALL BUMMER

Lit­tle league hit by break-in

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - TAY­LOR CAMP­BELL

A theft at a lo­cal Lit­tle League snack trailer has dev­as­tated the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Wind­sor Cen­tral Lit­tle League’s con­ces­sion trailer in Op­ti­mist Com­mu­nity Park was re­port­edly bro­ken into Tues­day night. The door to the trailer was forced open. It had been locked and se­cured around 10 p.m. the night be­fore.

League pres­i­dent Donna Standel says that the hot dog ma­chine, food steam­ers, cash box, sports equip­ment, con­ces­sion stock, and more were stolen.

“It’s re­ally frus­trat­ing. We’re try­ing to pro­vide a de­cent pro­gram for these kids, and this is a big set­back.” Wind­sor Cen­tral Lit­tle League is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion run by vol­un­teers. Standel says the group does fundrais­ing to keep the play­ers’ fees as low as pos­si­ble. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has some spon­sors, but a sig­nif­i­cant amount of fund­ing comes from snack sales. Standel says this is the sec­ond time the league has been tar­geted. Last sea­son, thieves stole sports equip­ment.

“If we can get enough stock in the snack bar to start sell­ing again, we can try to re­coup,” Standel says. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, which was re­ported about 11:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day.

The league’s orig­i­nal home was in a build­ing on Ypres Boule­vard, but the City of Wind­sor tore it down years ago to ac­com­mo­date the new W. F. Chisholm Pub­lic Li­brary. Since then, the city has pro­vided the or­ga­ni­za­tion with its cur­rent

As the word of the theft spreads, I’m see­ing more and more peo­ple in­ter­ested in help­ing.

trailer. Standel says the city has been work­ing on a new build­ing for them, which should be ready to use in a few weeks. Standel hopes that com­mu­nity sup­port will keep the or­ga­ni­za­tion on its feet.

“As the word of the theft spreads, I’m see­ing more and more peo­ple in­ter­ested in help­ing. We get our rev­enue from donations, too.” Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Wind­sor Po­lice Ser­vices at 519-255-6700 ext. 4350, Crime Stop­pers anony­mously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or on­line at www.catchcrooks.com

TAY­LOR CAMP­BELL

Donna Standel, pres­i­dent of Wind­sor Cen­tral Lit­tle League, calls a re­cent theft from the league’s con­ces­sion trailer “a big set­back.”

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