Little League park burglarized

Tina Harbuck
The pressbox window facing the minor league field was broken out and well as damage to the door locks.

Although nothing was taken, about $1,500 in damage was done to the pressbox at the Dalton Threadgill Little League Park recently.

Windows were broken and locks were jammed on the doors to the building.

According to League Vice President Amber Hill, the window facing the minor league field was busted out and the locks on the doors were jammed with something metal.

“Someone put a lot of effort into getting in to it,” Hill said, noting they found a hammer and a hack saw on site.

“But nothing was taken,” she said.

“And it all happened in broad daylight,” she said, sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Nevertheless, she said, $1,500 is still a lot of money for a volunteer organization.

“We’re completely run by volunteers and funded by donations,” Hill said.

“They didn’t think about who it was against,” she said.

“That (money) comes out of the kids pockets … registration fees.”

The cost to repair the windows and replace the three locks will be paid for between the league and the city of Destin.

“It’s the principle of it all,” Hill said.

In the last couple of years the Destin Little League volunteers have done several upgrades around the park such as putting down new wood floors in the press box, a new roof on top, as well as putting in new windows that face the major league field.

“The stairwell to the press box has been completely reconfigured,” Hill said.

The old press box on the minor league field was torn down and replaced with a scoring deck built by Boswell Builders.

A new electrical system was installed for the pitching machines to be used on both fields.