Vandals target little league facility in Seminole

11:42 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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Seminole, Florida - A Pinellas County little league team needs help after becoming the target of vandals.

"Why? Why would you just do that - just walk in and smash everything we love and we worked for," said Noah Starczewski.

The 13 year-old has been a member of the Cross Bayou Little League team located at 10150 98th Street since he was a child, and is shocked that the vandals could be so callous.

Last Tuesday was the first time the vandals broke into the building. They didn't do much then, but after a second break-in Monday, the facility shows a significant amount of damage. 

"(They) ripped doors off on hinges. The trashed our cash registers (and) it's in pieces," said league treasure Jennifer Ward.

A cinderblock was also thrown into the trophy chest, which damaged plaques that dated back several years.

"On their way out, they set off two of four fire extinguishers," said Ward.

A message was also left on the league computer located inside the main building that reads "I am gonna blow this school up!"

"We all just kind of stopped, and I think all of our jaws dropped."

In a place often packed with children, parents hope the threat wasn't real.

For decades, the Cross Bayou Little League survived on fundraisers, registration fees and the generosity of others. They do not have funds to fix the damage, and insurance won't cover it.

"We're reaching out to anybody that we know to come in and help us get this cleaned up."

If you can help the Cross Bayou Little League with your time or a donation, you're encouraged to reach out to them via their website. Click here to visit the site.

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