$15,000 in youth football gear stolen

June 2, 2009 3:42:30 PM PDT
A youth football league in Delaware is out thousands of dollars of football equipment after a theft this week.The gear was stored in a storage trailer at the New Castle County Football League facility in the 100 block of Quigley Blvd.

Someone, police say, took the entire trailer.

"It's the first time anyone's every stolen one of these. They weight about 5,000 pounds empty," said Steven Smiertka of A1 Sanitation.

"You can't just come up with a pickup truck and a tow hitch. You need a larger piece of equipment," said Cpl. Jeffrey Whitmarsh of the Delaware State Police.

Police say the theft happened sometime between Sunday and Monday.

"You can't believe it. Who would take all that stuff?" asked Chris Verucci, president of the NCC Football League. "These are kids, you know?"

The League has participants between six to 14 years old.

Everything from footballs to practice pants to cheerleader's pom-poms are gone.

Verucci wonders if a parent with a grudge committed the crime, because police doubt the bin was stolen for scrap metal since it would be tough to unload.

The league does have a warehouse full of uniforms and gear, but up to $10,000 worth of what couldn't fit was in that stolen bin, and will have to be replaced.

This comes at a time when fundraising is tough, and registration fees are already high.

So, for the sake of the kids, Verucci has just one request.

"Bring it back please. It would make life a lot easier for a lot of people and a lot of kids."

According to its website, the league has been operating since 1960 and hosts 11 divisions with plans to expand.

If you would like to help donate to the leage, just go to New Castle County Football League website. Phone Number: (302) 218-0965

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