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Items stolen from CYFL field

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Clay Youth Football League is asking the public for help after a recent theft at McKinney Field.

On Friday, CYFL board member Mike Rader contacted The Brazil Times to see if anyone might have information regarding the theft of the public announcement system and the wireless microphone system taken from the field house sometime between Tuesday evening and Thursday morning.

"The program can't afford this type of theft," Rader said about the missing electronic systems valued at more than $1,000. "We used the PA and the wireless microphones for everything during the games and used them to notify the parents (during practices and other events) about necessary information."

Rader confirmed a report has been filed with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, but hopes someone will be able to provide information for investigators.

"(The PA system and microphones) were secured to a table made specifically for the systems by PDF, Inc., that was secured to the wall, but they still broke the table to get to it," Rader said. "We really hope that someone will come forward if they know anything about what happened or if someone tries to sell this type of equipment."

To report information about this investigation, or any other crime, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.

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There is no redemption for the type of person who would steal from a youth organization. I kind of hope they never catch who did it, cause the slap on the wrist they would get would make me even angrier. I would hope that some members of the community, business leaders, prominent members in the area would come to the aid of the league with contributions toward, or donation of a new system. Better yet, funds could really be used for a new, more secure building at the field. I know times are tight for everyone right now, but more than ever, the kids in the community need a place to be proud of, and feel safe in. I am issuing a challenge to the community to help the league in any way they can. This didn't just affect a few, and some may say it is only football, so it's not that important, but anything that teaches respect, teamwork and leadership should be supported by everyone in the community. I am proud of the CYFL, and the work that everyone does there. Let's use this as a way to improve the community, not just replace what was stolen.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Sat, Aug 29, 2009, at 8:27 AM

I totally agree with you almostfootballfree. That is a great league that teaches the youth about teamwork,respect,discipline. I can not imagine why someone would want to steal from those kids! And the league. They put in so much work and team effort out there. I really hope whoever done gets what they have coming to them. They need to think about what they are doing to the community. We need teamwork as well in the community. What does this teach our kids? That it ok to take things? I think we as people in the community need to think about helping one another and helping in a time of need. If some of the business could help out and help get another system for the league, that would be great! It's not the kids' fault that someone came in and took what was not theirs. It's the kids that have to suffer in the end. You try to have nice things in the community for the kids and then some jerk comes along and destroys it.

-- Posted by LM3561 on Sat, Aug 29, 2009, at 9:18 PM

This is ridiculous. I think when the person(s) are caught..more than likely they will at some point, then an additional punishment would be community service at the football league. Those bathrooms could use a good scrubbing and there is always trash that can be picked up! Regardless, I will still be cheering on my son this afternoon!!

-- Posted by ilovescrapbooking on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 9:57 AM

A THIEF IS A THIEF no matter his age. I bet it was a thuglett.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 10:54 AM

This pisses me off, they better get caught, and I am sure our judge won't be to kind on them for this. However we all need to keep a look out on hoosiertopics and the trade days. Also bridge festival is coming up, if this isn't resolved by then I am willing to bet it is sitting on a yardsale table somewhere. I wouldn't think that would be an easy item to get rid of locally.

-- Posted by Posiedon on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 5:12 PM

I hope they get the people that did this. I am active in coaching in the CYFL and I can't help but wonder why someone would want to steal from kids? You know thats really who they are stealing from! They used that PA system for all sorts of things. Everything from announcing to the fans that there kid just made a tackle or touchdown to informing parents of league schedules and certain things the CYFL is putting on for the kids. With the economy the way it is we can't afford to steal from the organizations that keeps kids off the streets. It's a shame cause its probably the kids on the streets that are behind this in the first place. If its an adult that is behind this he or she should be tied to one of the goal posts and let the kids in full pads practice the bullet tackle on them!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 12:36 PM

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