MUKILTEO, Wash. -- Vandals have targeted the Mukilteo Little League five times since November, delaying an important improvement project in the process.
Nearly five months ago, construction began on a $100,000 club house and snack shop at Paine Field Community Park. Most of the money for it was raised by the community.
Thieves stole equipment, batteries and building materials. They also spray painted graffiti, totaling a loss of thousands of dollars. The most recent incident was weeks ago.
“It’s sad to see this happen when so many people put their time and hard earned money into this project,” said Dave Burdyshaw, league president.
Kelly Houston, 14, was one of many players that spent hours constructing the new facility.
“It’s sad for me because I’m looking forward to playing this year and now it might be delayed because all the stuff was stolen,” said Houston.
According to Burdyshaw, the project is about a half month behind schedule. The hope is to have it finished for opening day, March 23.
“My biggest fear is that we we’re not going to meet the deadline,” said Burdyshaw.
Proceeds from concession sales are intended to pay for new league equipment and for scholarships for low income kids that want to play ball.
“It’s really a shame people would come and steal from a little league,” said Burdyshaw.
To prevent future theft, the league spent nearly $500 in new locks.
So far, police don’t know who’s responsible.