1,200 hot dogs stolen from Little League

Published: Apr. 16, 2019 at 10:45 AM EDT
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Coaches believe Little League baseball parks should be one of the places thieves consider off limits.

"I think this would've been one of the places that should've been hands off," Coach Michael Estep said.

A little after midnight Wednesday, somebody broke into the concession stand at the Wheelersburg Little League.

"It's very frustrating," Coach Jon Estep said.

More than $10,000 worth of food and property were stolen -- everything from a PA system to crock pots to Big League Chew -- even first aid kits.

"To think somebody right off the bat at the beginning of our season wants to do that, it's a terrible thing," Jon Estep said.

They're among several victims in the area that came forward in recent weeks.

Deputies say they identified the suspects, Burt and Jessica Copley, thanks to security video and DNA evidence.

They say they found the couple and 8 truckloads of stolen property at their home in Franklin Furnace on Saturday.

Among the stolen items from the concession stand were 1,200 hot dogs.

For the Little League, it was little consolation they got the stolen food back. The president of the league says they had to throw it all out because of health concerns.

"I think it just speaks to the desperation that some unfortunately in this area are living in right now," Michael Estep said.

Investigators say they've already returned most of the stolen property, but they're asking anyone who's been a victim of theft in the Wheelersburg area during the last few months to give them a call at 740-351-1091.

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