BAINBRIDGE -- Members of the Bainbridge Boys and Girls Baseball and Softball Youth League were informed on May 12 that they were victims of a crime.
A lawn mower, loaned to them for the summer without cost by Dixie Chopper Corp., was stolen from their facility.
League Treasurer Jeff Rudes told the BannerGraphic the theft ends up costing the league.
"The kids just got ripped off. Now we have to pay to have the fields done and that money comes right out of the league funds. It takes a big chunk from the kids and could jeopardize the program," said Rudes.
The lawn mower was a vital part of the group's maintenance equipment. Mowing the ball diamonds is an important obligation made by the league to the Park Board in order to use the fields.
The league is now paying approximately $40 each time the fields get mowed.
"We are working on a replacement but so far don't have a solution," added Rudes.
The Bainbridge Youth League is a non-profit organization that depends solely on individual and corporate donations as well as time volunteered by its members.
The loss of the mower is not only a large inconvenience and burden to the league but results in a substantial loss of money to the league.
A fundraising effort has raised an incentive for anyone with information about the theft to come forward.
Reward of $1,000 will be given to the person who can provide information leading to the arrest, trial and conviction of the person or persons who committed this crime.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact the leads line at (765) 658-1578.