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Municipal Stadium plagued by vandals

July 08, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Municipal Stadium has been vandalized four times since May.
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The Hagerstown Police Department is working with the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team in an effort to capture the culprits who have been vandalizing Municipal Stadium since May.

Lt. Tom Langston said police had no suspects as of Monday.

“We have some cameras up ... We’re stepping up patrols near the stadium,” Langston said of some of the methods police were using in an attempt to catch the vandals.

Suns Interim General Manager Robert E. Bruchey II said he estimated that damages amounted to about $10,000 over the course of four break-ins at the stadium on May 19, June 29, July 1 and Saturday.

He said that in addition to the vandalism, the people who broke into the stadium on May 19 stole a 32-inch flat-screen television from the beer garden, a keg of beer, a beer tap and a tap line.

He said they also pried open the ticket office door on July 1 and stole a laptop computer.

As Bruchey walked around the stadium grounds Monday, he pointed out a metal pull-down window the vandals kicked in Saturday to gain access to the Team Store, which is a room full of Suns merchandise.

He said the culprits didn’t take anything, but damaged a $3,000 cash register by pushing it from the counter to the floor.

“We don’t keep money in them. We clear them out every day,” Bruchey said. “The only thing I can imagine is they’re after cash. They aren’t taking any merchandise.”

Bruchey said thieves also entered the Club House on June 29 and stole a ring, a watch, a cellphone and an iPad.

After the first incident happened May 19, the Suns started working with the city of Hagerstown to get security cameras installed, Bruchey said. 

He said the property is easily accessible if someone wants to break in.

“I really don’t know how you secure a place like this,” he said.

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