FISH HAWK, Fla. -
A local baseball team is in a bit of a jam after they were caught up in a weekend crime spree.
Over the weekend, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 21-year-old Lucious Felder and 25-year-old Terry Joseph after a car chase that ended in Pasco County. Both men, along with a woman, are suspects in a string of vehicle break-ins right across the county. One of those break-ins was at the Fish Hawk Sports Complex, and that's where the baseball team comes into the picture.
The Fish Hawk Under 8 All-Stars were practicing at the time when someone spotted a strange van and then heard breaking glass. The coach, Ricky Martinez, followed the car until deputies showed up and the chase began, heading up I-75, and ending with stop sticks being deployed in Pasco County.
The problem for the team is, some of the money they were going to use for a tournament in Alabama this weekend was stolen. Coach and attorney Ricky Martinez knows that could mean they won't have that money they needed for the trip.
"It's my understanding there were multiple burglaries that happened. Multiple property that needs to be sorted out by the Sheriff's Office. Obviously they have to do their job and do it right. So i doubt that we are going to be able to get that money back prior to us coming back from our Alabama trip."
So while bond has been set for the accused, Felder and Joseph, and the Sheriff's Office continues to search for the woman who got away, the Fish Hawk Under 8 All-Stars are in a bind as they try get away to Alabama.
If you'd like to help you can call coach and attorney, Ricky Martinez at (813) 610-9292. The team is scheduled to leave Wednesday morning.
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