School says Fox 59 report led to return of stolen sports equipment

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Officials at a Central Indiana school say a Fox 59 report led to the return of stolen baseball equipment.

Last month, someone stole several expensive items from a storage building at Decatur Central High School, including two pitching machines valued at $5,000. Athletics director Kelly McWilliams said the thieves also got into the softball and baseball press boxes. The scoreboard controller, sound system receiver and microphone were also missing.

But the school got some good news this week: some of the stolen equipment was found thanks to a tip from a Fox 59 viewer. Police recovered two of the machines at a pawn shop and returned them free of charge.

“The student-athletes at Decatur Central win because now the funds that we had to allocate to replace the equipment can go to what some of the needs and desires are of the immediate students here,” McWilliams said.

Decatur Central Athletics tweeted Fox 59 and reporter Zach Myers, who did the original story:

The machines were pawned for about $100 dollars each. Police aren’t releasing any details about the people who pawned them.

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