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FRANKLIN, Ind. -- A vandal tour apart a youth baseball facility in Franklin.

The destructive crook broke into a business called Powerhouse Baseball Training sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.

The vandal did thousands of dollars in damage by smashing trophies, throwing a baseball bat into ceiling lights, slashing batting cage nets, destroying televisions, ransacking offices, spray painting some walls and punching holes in others.

Parents and coaches are obviously upset by the damage and hope whoever did it is held accountable.

“It was very disheartening and upsetting to walk in yesterday and to see the condition it was in,” said Joe McGuinness.

McGuinness is a parent and coach at Powerhouse, in addition to being the mayor of Franklin. He just can`t make sense of the vandalism.

“I can`t wrap my head around it.  Why?  What joy was provided in doing this?” said McGuinness.

It's believed the suspect pried open a side door, then stole some fundraiser money, but overall seemed more focused of damaging property than stealing equipment.

“You know it was very personal,” said McGuinness.

Joe and other parents agree the real victims are the kids.

“This is an attack on children who don`t have a place to play now.  We’ve got to get it safe.   Instead of these kids playing baseball, we`re going be cleaning up a mess some clown tried to do,” said parent and coach Doug Payton.

So far no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact Franklin police.