By Katrina Van Duzee/Garden Grove Journal
Empty lockers and cleaned out baseball bags were all that remained when the Bolsa Grande baseball team went to start practice Thursday.
The Garden Grove high school team was robbed of an estimated $10,000 of gear from the baseball lockers sometime Wednesday night, coach Dan Strobehn said, forcing the team to cancel its game Friday.
“Almost all of our bats were taken and almost all the kids gloves were taken,” Strobehn said. “It is like they had a lot of time, they went through the guys bags and took all of the stuff out that they didn’t want and took the bags with the rest of the equipment.”
The team filed a police report and the boys were told to write down all of their personal items missing, the vice president of the baseball booster club, Suzanne Neal said. Their hope is if someone tries to sell the equipment to local consignment sports stores they will be able to get some of it back.
No surveillance cameras are located near the lockers, so there is no way to know who took the equipment, Strobehn said.
The baseball programs funds have been cut due to economic woes so the loss of expensive equipment has hit the team hard, Neal said. Everybody is pretty gloomy.
“My shortstop on the varsity team had a $200 glove and he is not a kid that can afford to spend $200, but he saved his money so he could afford to buy it,” Strobehn said. “It has really been mentally tough on the team.”
Currently the team has been able to borrow and replace enough equipment for the varsity team to play its game on Wednesday, but the junior varsity team has not been able to get the bats and gloves needed to play Friday.
The baseball booster club is accepting monetary donations that can be made out to the Bolsa Grande Baseball Booster Club and they are also in need of used equipment.
“It is unbelievable how someone can do this to kids, especially since this program has been struggling.” Neal said.