The Solana Beach Little League facilities and property at Solana Vista Elementary School (780 Santa Victoria Solana Beach, 92075) has recently been hit by a rash of vandalism, according to Paul Gange, president of Solana Beach Little League.
Gange said that about a month ago the league started seeing random acts of vandalism to its property, including some stolen banners and tagging on its tables and scorer’s bench.
“A week or two later the vandals struck again with additional tagging, vandalism to our golf cart (they seem to have taken a hammer to the ignition switch), and multiple locks pried open, cut with bolt cutters or jammed with spray paint,” Gange said via email. “Each night the vandalism gets worse and last night (July 1) we got hit pretty hard. The vandals smashed our bathroom door and broke the handle and lock mechanism, broke into our batting cage and destroyed a pitching machine (approximate value of $2,500), smashed our scoreboard, smashed our display case and tipped over numerous trash cans, palm trees and picnic tables.”
Gange said the damaage that the vandals have caused is now estimated to be approaching $4,000 to $5,000.
“The money we spend on this comes from the funds we use to pay for our programs — so every dollar we spend is literally being robbed from our kids,” Gange said.
Gange added that because the vandalism is also impacting school facilities, the district has had to spend additional funds to increase nightly security.
“We know that the damage last night was inflicted between 7:30 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. (between two patrols),” Gange said. “So, neighbors on the alert may hear or see this if they are paying attention.”
Local residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity and to take photos of any vandalism incident before cleaning or painting over the crime scene.
The direct line to the Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency number is 858-565-5200. For emergencies, dial 911.
The Encinitas Sheriff’s Station said the public may also call “Crime Stoppers” to report criminal activity or information on crime. Five ways to make an anonymous crime tip: CALL: 888-580-8477; TEXT: SDTIPS to 274637; WEB, I-PHONE AP or FACEBOOK: http://www.sdcrimestoppers.com/