Community rallies around Little League

Robinwood Little League spokesman Trent Byer was shocked to find out that thousands of dollars worth of baseball equipment had been stolen from the group's storage container two weeks ago.

But he was astounded when the Huntington Beach community stepped up in the league's time of need. Several generous families and businesses have donated money and some replacement equipment.

"We had Campbell Realtors, a local real estate company, make offers, and the Cooper family donated another $500, so we've gotten over a thousand dollars in donations," Byer said.

He said he heard from a contact in Los Alamitos that a used pitching machine was being donated.

Byer said a relative of one of the children in the league who works at Mike Thompson's RV in Fountain Valley is donating an all-terrain vehicle.

"It looks like we're going to be getting back most of what was missing," he said. "We also may have some leads from people that would be willing to donate a backup PA system. We're pretty thankful to say the least, and we're pretty overwhelmed with the people's generosity."

The Chili's restaurant at 17071 Beach Blvd. will also help Robinwood Little League by hosting a three-day fundraiser starting Sept. 30, Byer said. The restaurant will donate 15% of the day's sales to the organization.

On the morning of Sept. 13, Byer discovered that the locks on the storage container at the baseball fields at 15796 Graham St. had been cut and an all-terrain vehicle, public address system, pitching machine and other items had been stolen.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O'Brien wrote in an email Tuesday that fingerprints taken from the scene "are not workable" and that the case remains open.


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