SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say more than $10,000 worth of landscaping equipment was stolen from the Summerville Little League's maintenance shed earlier this week.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating the thefts, which happened at the league's complex on West Boundary Street in Summerville.
According to John Suesser, the league's president, the thefts happened late Monday, just before 11 p.m. Suesser said the items reported stolen included: a riding lawnmower, a tiller, edgers, and other landscaping equipment.
"It's heartbreaking because we work out here so hard for the kids," said Suesser. "We work so hard as a volunteer organization and then have stuff taken from us to help the organization."
Suesser also said the perpetrators damaged another riding lawnmower. Surveillance video from the incident shows a white truck at the scene.
The property manager told authorities that he had locked the storage shed around 7:30 p.m. on Monday and returned on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. to find the shed opened.
According to the property manager, it appeared that the suspects used an unknown type of wedging tool to get into the shed.
A police report states the following were missing from the shed; a $499 Husqvarna backpack blower, a $250 Stihl handheld blower, a $400 Stihl weed eater, a $400 Echo weed eater, a $350 Stihl handheld edger, a $7,500 Husqvarna riding mower, a $750 Husqvarna Tiller with a Honda GCV 160 engine (model number DRT 900H), a $350 Husqvarna Edge and a black edger valued at $175.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Charleston County Sheriff's office at 843-202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
League play is set to begin on Mar. 16.