On April 6, a Prince George resident contacted RCMP to report she found some sporting equipment at the park on 14th Avenue and Freeman Street. When frontline members attended that location, they found two large blue sport bags with markings for “Bantam 6” and “Bantam 3” on them. Inside the bags, they found softballs and other sporting goods. Investigators contacted several local baseball clubs and found the gear belonged to the PG Minor Girls Fastball Team.
League president Andrew Ferguson said their equipment locker on 12th Avenue had been broken into recently and much of the equipment was gone. Though investigators were able to return the gear in the two blue bags, Ferguson says they are still missing a lot of equipment.
List of outstanding stolen items:
- Jugs soft toss pitching machine $444.95
- Jugs small ball pitching machine $435.95
- 2 x Bownets Batting nets $469.90
- 2 x Easton 7’ Batting nets
- 2 x Easton/Jugs Batting Tees $159.90
- 1 – Bucket of 11” Jugs Softie Softballs approx. 24 balls $279.90
- 4 dozen 12” Rawlings Red Dot Softballs $359.80
- 2 dozen 11” Rawlings Red Dot Softballs $179.90
- 3 new in-package sets of Catchers equipment(helmet, chest protector, shin/knee guard) $1199.85
- Team bags $159.90
- Assortment of training aids ex: Sklz agility ladders, pitching weighted softballs $400
- Electronics for scoreboard $1000
- Various bats
“Given the financial hardships we are already experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of this equipment puts us in some degree of financial difficulty,” said Ferguson. “Hopefully we can recover from this and the 200 girls who play this great game will be able to take to the fields and have a successful, fun filled season. Most of these girls did not play ball last summer, it would be devastating for their well-being to be denied another year.”
The total estimated loss is approximately $5,089.65 and this does not include the cost to repair the locks on the equipment locker and the cost of the clean up after the break-in.
The Prince George RCMP is asking the public to keep an eye out for this equipment, both on local electronic market sites and in your neighbourhood. If you see any of this equipment for sale or have any information on where to find it, please contact the non-emergency line at 250-561-3300 to speak with police.
If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.northernbccrimestoppers.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.