DUNEDIN, Fla.- The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office released surveillance images of a thief who broke into a concession stand at a Little League baseball field in Dunedin.
The thief used a crowbar to get inside the concession stand operated by the Greater Dunedin Little League. The league has about 300 children who play baseball and softball on a weekly basis.
"It takes your breath away when you find out somebody took away from the kids," said Susan Semitecolos, President of the Greater Dunedin Little League.
The league's president said the thief did about $4,000 dollars worth of damage to the building. He stole cash from a donation jar and also took the cash register. Before he left, he also took a package of hot dogs.
"He wore gloves, he had no shirt on, he had gloves on," Semitecolos said.
The theft was caught on surveillance cameras. Once the man spotted numerous cameras, he ripped them off the wall.
"He emptied the donation jar. He took this whole drawer that was filled with money," Semitecolos said.
Pinellas County deputies said the burglary happened on April 7 around 4 a.m. at Fisher Field on Harvard Avenue.
The league's president said it is difficult to explain a selfish act to children.
"It's disturbing, it's hurtful," she said.
"The kids hear about it and they ask questions and you really don't know what to say," she added.
Pinellas County deputies are asking for the public's help to identify the man. Anyone with information may contact Corporal D. Schafer of the Property Crimes Unit at (727) 582-6355 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.