GRAND BAY, Ala. (WALA) - Supervisors at the Grand Bay ballpark said they are trying to recover from a major blow after their concession stand was burglarized Tuesday, April 10.
The park's president said they had between $9,000 and $10,000 in cash, their security system's hard drive, and receipts in a half-ton gun safe that was locked away in a closet.
It appears the safe was forced open with metal pipes and crow bars.
"They didn't steal from our ballpark. They didn't steal from the community," said Park President Brad Simmons. "They stole from 410 kids out here. These kids come out here to play ball. They pay their dues. Their parents work hard for their money."
Officials said the park is privately funded and receives no money from the government.
Sheriff's investigators were on-scene, dusting for finger prints.
The elaborate scheme, however, appears to have been planned according to deputies.
Authorities said they believe the suspects stacked two tables and climbed on to the roof of the concessions building to access the second floor.
A lock on security bars attached to an upstairs window was then cut and the suspects entered and went downstairs.
The crooks, police said, then forced their way into a closet where the safe was hidden.
"We've spent a lot of time at these ball fields. Working on these fields trying to get them reading for these kids and here we are, we don't got nothing now," said the Park's Vice President Johnny Barrentine.
Security cameras around the facility captured the suspects on film, however, supervisors said they also stole the system's hard drive, which was inside the safe.
Park supervisors said they were planning to deposit the cash in the park's bank account Wednesday morning when they discovered the mess.
They said the money in that safe was used for operational purposes, maintenance of the grounds, sporting events, and trophies.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
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