Little League hardballed by snack shack burglaries

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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To some, $400 may not be a large amount. But to the Newcastle Little League, that loss at two league snack shacks has created a financial hardship. The league, which includes players from Loomis, Penryn and Newcastle, manages home ball fields at Penryn Elementary School and Chantry Hill Ball Park in Newcastle. On April 28, the snack shacks at both Penryn and Chantry fields were burglarized, according to league secretary Judy Walsh, of Penryn. “The locks on the doors were either broken or cut, and approximately $400, as well as numerous food items” were taken, Walsh said. Two Little League players and Penryn Elementary students have their opinions about the snack shack break-ins. “It’s just not the right thing to do,” said 9-year-old Ian Walsh. Shiloh Penn-Henry, who turns 9 this month, believes the culprits won’t get away with the crime because of modern scientific techniques. “They’re going to get caught,” said Shiloh, because, “They have DNA to recognize who it is.” Since the league was already in the midst of organizing its annual end-of-season barbecue fundraiser and awards ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the Penryn field, Walsh said the league board is requesting additional donations of cash or raffle items from the public to help recoup the loss. “All funds generated will be used to replace the monies and food stolen, as well as provide start-up funds for next season,” Walsh said. Funds are needed for field maintenance, uniforms, trophies and equipment replacement. The aging snack shacks also need to be renovated and made secure. Vandals also targeted a Penryn Elementary classroom the same night. According to school secretary Tracy Saunders, they took a laptop computer in addition to food items. She estimated the loss at $1,200. At Ophir School on April 28, someone broke into the recycling bin and broke a lock on the science storage shed, said principal Mary Zaun. “We had spray painting on the back stop at the ball fields, and on the ball field itself,” Zaun said. The loss at Ophir School amounted to less than $100, mostly for the recycling items taken, according to Zaun.