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Hot bats: Oilers seek stolen gear

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2007

Approximately 70 baseballs and 30 bats were stolen from Coral Seymour Memorial Ballpark, and the Peninsula Oilers are offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Team general manager Shawn Maltby said the theft was discovered last Tuesday morning as the squad was getting ready to go on the road. The equipment is kept in a locked storage area under the bleachers at the ballpark.

“After talking to my night groundskeeper, it was locked up when he left and it was not cut or anything,” Maltby said. “Someone’s got a key or he didn’t lock it correctly.”

Maltby said the team’s new wood composite bats and all of its practice balls were stolen. According to a Crime Stoppers press release, the stolen equipment is worth more than $3,000.

“We’re on the road until next Thursday,” Maltby said. “We went and bought three dozen balls in Anchorage and two wood composite bats at $110 a piece.”

Maltby said a police report was filed when the theft was discovered. Although the team budgets for bats and balls each year, he said replacing the stolen equipment was unexpected. A few pitching cords also were missing, but Maltby said they’re relatively cheap.

“Hopefully the community will come forward with whoever has this equipment,” Maltby said. “They can use the balls, but they can’t use the bats. There’s no other thing in the community that will use those composite bats.”

Crime Stoppers is encouraging anyone with information to leave an anonymous tip on their Web site at www.crimestoppersonline.com or call 283-TIPS.

Jessica Cejnar can be reached at jessica.cejnar@peninsulaclarion.com.



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