Last Wednesday night, on March 10, 2010, $10,000-$12,000 worth of gear was stolen from locked outdoor storage sheds at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, Orange County. The young players were shocked to find their mitts, bats, helmets, cleats, catching gear and pitching machine all gone. 80% of these items belonged to the players themselves and were purchased with their own money. Because of the unfortunate theft, an opening season game against Saddleback Valley Christian was cancelled. Practices, however, have resumed with the players using older or donated equipment, but it is not the same said one of the players. The booster club will now be meeting to discuss fundraising options as about 70% of the school's students come from economically disadvantaged households and do not have the resources to buy new gear. Perpetrators of the crime can be charged with Burglary (California Penal Code 459) or Grand Theft (California Penal Code 487(a) if caught, since they first broke into the sheds and then committed the theft.
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Here is a March 16, 2010, video from myfoxla.com