Thieves steal, destroy sports equipment for disabled Sacramento youths, adults

SACRAMENTO - Specialized sports equipment for disabled youths and adults to use at River Cats Independence Field was stolen or destroyed during a break-in of the facility's storage sheds.

Linda Tucker, spokesperson for the city of Sacramento, said the crime took place Sunday night.

Missing or broken were beep baseball bases for the blind and related equipment, sports and quad rugby wheelchairs, tennis racquets, a portable basketball hoop, control board for the fixed scoreboard, PA system, and sled hockey equipment, Tucker said. Adaptive javelins for the disabled, scuba diving vests for children and special shirts for children and adults with disabilities for a variety of sports teams and activities were also stolen or destroyed.

The loss could approach $25,000, Tucker said.

River Cats Independence Field is part of Samuel Pannell Meadowview Community Center at 2450 Meadowview Road.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity at the field Sunday night or knows something about the theft was encouraged to contact the Sacramento Police Department.


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