Baseballs, cash stolen from Riverhead Little League

04/28/2013 12:39 PM |
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town employee boarded up the Little League's storage area Sunday morning after someone broke into the building the night before.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town employee boarded up the Little League’s storage area Sunday morning after someone broke into the building the night before.

Nearly $800 in cash, food and equipment were stolen from the Riverhead Little League’s concession stand and storage Saturday night, Riverhead police said.

Someone smashed in the doors to the Little League’s storage and concession booths at Stotzky Park near the ballfields overnight, police said. About $500 in cash was pulled from the registers and the till and about $250 in equipment and food was stolen, according to a police report.

COURTESY PHOTO | The doors to the Little League's concession stand and storage area were both damaged.

The doors to the Little League’s concession stand and storage area were both damaged.

Whoever broke into the storage building ransacked the inside before they were done, said Little League president Tony Sammartano.

“We found it this morning like this,” he said Monday morning as a Riverhead Buildings and Grounds employee screwed wooden planks over the doors to bar anyone from getting in. Whoever broke in took three dozen baseballs and old Little League shirts from the storage area, Mr. Sammartano said.

The concession stand was also vandalized.

“They trashed the register, they flipped everything over,” he said.

Mr. Sammartano said the break-in wouldn’t affect the Little League games scheduled to be played.

“It’s just going to affect us getting the concessions up and running [again],” he said.

Mr. Sammartano said the Little League kicked off opening day to its 61st season just hours earlier Saturday. The building had been broken into once before about two years ago, he said.

Riverhead police are investigating the break-in.

psquire@timesreview.com

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