BAYTOWN, TX – A youth sports organization was left without thousands of dollars in equipment on Saturday after someone stole a storage trailer full of supplies.
“Our paraphernalia dummies, extra helmets, chin straps, mouthpieces, our blow out exit tunnel that took us a while to be able to get for the kids,” the Baytown Broncos president described. Youth Sports Organization Courtney Correa.
A surveillance camera from a nearby residential area recorded a truck stopping Saturday morning at the Baytown Fairgrounds, located at 7900 N. Main Street.
A few minutes later, this same camera showed the same truck carrying the trailer to Wallisville Road.
In addition to workout gear, Correa said the trailer also contained food and supplies that the nonprofit organization uses to raise funds.
A total of seven years of supplies and equipment were stolen in minutes.
“Thousands of dollars worth of equipment,” Correa said.
The robbery took place hours before the Baytown Broncos began a day of competition. The parents had organized and loaded the trailer on Friday evening – something they would do the day before each game. A manager arrived at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, only to find the lock on the front door had been cut.
Organizers said much of what was stolen helped ensure that all children registered to play had the appropriate equipment to do so.
“We have over 200 participants this year. We go from flag, which is five, and mini cheer, which is five to eight, all the way up to fifth and sixth graders,” Baytown Broncos Youth Sports Organization vice president Lindsey Romo said.
Parents said they were disappointed to tell their children what happened to the equipment, especially considering the time and dedication that went into purchasing it.
“We volunteer our time. We are not paid to be here. We’re literally just here because we love giving back to the kids,” Correa said.
The Baytown Police Department is investigating the theft.
Anyone with information is asked to call Baytown Police.
In the meantime, a GoFundMe page was created for the Baytown Broncos Youth Sports Organization, which is also accepting donations on its website.
The parents said they hoped the community would help them. They also hope that whoever is behind the theft will back down.
“Honestly, I hope someone has a good heart and realizes what they stole wasn’t adult gear. It’s youth gear,” Romo said.
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