BRANDON, Fla.— The Brandon Broncos should be getting ready for their first practice of the season on Monday. Instead, the youth football team spent the weekend cleaning up and revamping security after a break in.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the youth football facility Friday night. Investigators said they learned three males broke a side concession stand window and then rummaged through the building, removing a computer before leaving.
“This is like a second home, so it’s personal, it feels like it’s personal," said team vice president Jerilyn Beamon.
Beamon said she got an alert on her phone from the motion detector and saw the intruders and found a mess once she got to the field they found a mess.
The concession door was lifted. The cash register broken. A tablet missing. But that wasn’t all.
“They defecated on our property just right outside, right over there,” Beamon said.
She estimated it would cost about $1,000 to make repairs and upgrade their security. That amount of money could instead be put towards the kids.
“I was just shocked, why would someone like do this for a youth football team?” said team member Jonathan Roche.
The 12-year old helped on Saturday with the clean up. New locks and cameras were also installed at the facility.
“There’s a lot of blood sweat and tears right here on this field that a lot of players and coaches and board members have sacrificed and for them to just come out here and just disgrace it like that it hurts, it hurts me bad,” said Josh Beamon, the team’s athletic director.
Roche said they’ll keep pushing forward.
“One team, one goal, one family,” Roche said.
If anyone has information on the burglary, the Sheriff’s Office asks they call them at 813-247-8200. If you would like to help the Brandon Broncos, the team is accepting donations at www.brandonbroncos.org.