Fox59 story helps Decatur Central recover stolen sports equipment

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It was a day that Kelly McWilliams honestly never thought would come: the day when her school, Decatur Central High School, got back some very valuable sports equipment.

It was only a few weeks ago that the Athletic Director made a disturbing discovery.  Thieves had broken into a storage room near the Decatur Central softball fields.

“The lock was intact, but someone cut the hinge on the door,” said McWilliams.

The thieves stole thousands of dollars of equipment, including three pitching machines and all the sound equipment from the stadium announcing booth.  The school put out the word about the theft and police asked for everyone to look out for the equipment at area pawn shops.

It wasn’t until the story aired on Fox 59 that a viewer did, in fact, see two of the pitching machines at a local shop. Police got the equipment back free of charge and returned it to the school.

“I want to thank the viewers who did the right thing and called CrimeStoppers.  It’s definitely helping the students of Decatur Central,”  said McWilliams.

The investigation into the the theft is ongoing. It’s still unclear who stole the equipment and where the sound system ended up. The school has already recovered $5,000 worth of items, though, that would have strained the district’s already tight budget.

“The student athletes at Decatur Central win because now the funds we would have allocated to get the equipment back can to the needs of the students here,” said the thankful Athletic Director.