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Lawn equipment stolen from baseball complex

Burglars broke inmiddle storage trailer Hickory Hills baseball complex over weekend stole about $20000 worth lawn maintenance equipment.  |

Burglars broke into the middle storage trailer at a Hickory Hills baseball complex over the weekend and stole about $20,000 worth of lawn maintenance equipment. | Supplied photo

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Updated: September 1, 2014 8:09AM



Burglars made off with heavy-duty lawn equipment from a Hickory Hills baseball complex over the weekend, according to police.

About $20,000 worth of lawn mowers and motorized vehicles were taken from a storage trailer at the fields in the 9900 block of 76th Avenue, said George Czarnik, president of the Hills Baseball organization.

Czarnik said he found the equipment missing when he went to perform some maintenance on the fields on Monday. The fields were last used about 11:30 p.m. Friday, he said, adding that only one of the three trailers at the complex was burglarized. The complex also has a gated entrance.

Police said they aren’t sure yet when the burglars struck, and security video is being reviewed to see if it recorded the crime. Stolen were a riding mower, a walk-behind mower, a golf cart and a John Deere Gator, police reported.

It’s the off season for Hills Baseball, so no games are schedule until the fall, Czarnik said, but the fields still need to be maintained. He said the organization might borrow equipment until replacements can be bought.

“Otherwise, we’ll have baseball fields that’ll look like wheat fields,” he said.

Czarnik worries that, because of the age of the stolen equipment, it will cost more to buy new mowers than what the insurance will cover. He said they might have to conduct a fundraiser to afford new equipment.



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