Items stolen from Hoosick Falls youth sports organization

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — A microphone worth about $1,000, a microphone receiver and a Keurig coffee maker are among items reported stolen from storage facilities belonging to Hoosick Falls Youth Football and Cheer.

The items, which are worth about $2,000 total, were stolen sometime between Nov. 18 and the morning of Dec. 4, said Chris Glover, president of the organization.

He discovered the break-in Wednesday morning, and reported it to police.

The Hoosick Falls Police Department is investigating the incident, Robert Ashe, police chief, confirmed via email Thursday. A bin containing food was also stolen, Ashe said.

"I noticed a stick was stuck where the [shed] lock used to be," Glover said of his discovering the burglary. He saw that the locks on the shed and concessions trailer were gone. Both appeared as if someone had rummaged through them.

"They knew what they were doing," Glover said of the thief or thieves. "They brought a bolt cutter and cut those locks. The locks were gone."

The bulbs in motion sensor lights were also unscrewed, he said. Bins full of items used for concessions, like paper products and utensils, were also stolen, Glover said.

Hoosick Falls Youth Football and Cheer provides football and cheerleading to children in kindergarten through grade 6. The program is funded through donations and player registrations.

The shed and trailer are on Waterworks Road, past the baseball field. The most expensive items taken were the microphone and receiver, which are used for things like game day announcements.

"Football is extremely expensive to run," Glover said. "The insurance alone is $1,500 a year. One helmet costs around $300."

No player equipment was stolen; those items are stored in a different shed by the practice field, he said.

The organization has received a donation of $1,000 to help cover the loss, from Immaculate Conception Church in the village.

"We need funds, as much as we can get," Glover said. The organization also has to replace its scoreboard, with a cost of about $5,000, as it was damaged by fire.

"I'm absolutely devastated," Glover said of the theft. "This is an awesome community with a bunch of tight-knit, hardworking, blue-collar people. It takes an extreme amount of effort and time to raise these funds ... So it's a big slap in the face when something like this happens."

This is a theft from local kids, who love getting their name announced over the microphone, Glover said.

"To me, it's what makes children come back and want to play," he said. "How fun it is to get their name announced on game day."

The organization will replace the microphone and receiver, he said.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7467, ext. 118.

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