The bad weather of Winter Storm Juno, locked gates, nor surveillance cameras were enough incentive to three determined vandals on the evening of January 26, say Brooklyn police.
The teens, as determined from videos taken by cameras on the premises, entered the Coney Island home turf of the Cyclones through a loading dock at about 8:30pm, despite a steady downfall of snow. The boys went straight to the locker room and plastered graffiti on the walls and elsewhere, and then stole a pair of baseball bats and a pair of catcher’s masks. They then exited through a side door.
There was no doubt something was wrong when the next morning workers arrived. The boys left behind some unmistakable clues of their presence.
“[The break-in] happened during the snowstorm. [The next morning] we saw footprints in the stadium that shouldn’t have been there” said Cyclones spokesman Billy Harner. “We were just able to follow the footprints.”
The telltale footprints led the Cyclone’s personnel straight to the batting tunnel and the player’s clubhouse.
“The fortunate part is that basically everything else in the stadium was locked up” Harner said. “The unfortunate part is that they took things that we use with clinics for young kids to spread the game of baseball.”
The estimated value of the stolen gear is about $200, so, according to Harner, the programs should be able to continue without missing a beat.