PORTLAND, Ore. - Little League organizers in Northeast Portland are scrambling after thieves stole expensive items from a snack stand trailer last weekend.
The suspects left behind food items, baseball gloves and other game equipment in favor of expensive appliances like a freezer, refrigerator, microwave oven, hot dog roller and a nacho warmer.
The items were stolen Sunday night from a storage trailer at Riverside Field on N.E. Riverside Way just off N.E. 33rd Drive.
They even took the sno-cone machine, according to league officials, who estimated it will cost about $3,000 to replace the equipment. The storage trailer was also covered in graffiti, adding to cleanup costs. Funds to replace the gear and clean up the damage will come from the league's general fund.
"Things like this just take away from that, where we have to put our time into cleaning graffiti off, and then our money, which we'll need to replace refrigerators and freezers," Wilshire-Riverside Little League Treasurer John McAllister said.
Young ball players are due to start their first games in about two weeks. Wednesday morning, several people and retail chain Fred Meyer informed KATU News they wanted to help the league replace the stolen items.
If you would like to assist, click here to contact the volunteers who run the league.