RAYMOND— Manager John Sytulek and his Raymond baseball team celebrated Sunday after winning the Lamprey River Babe Ruth League championship, but the mood was less celebratory Monday when youth sports organizers discovered another break-in at a concession stand.
“To see something like this happen is frustrating,” Sytulek said, after learning that the concession stand at the ballfields on Route 107 was burglarized sometime after it closed following Sunday’s game.
The stand has been targeted by thieves several times in the past few years, officials said. This time the locked door was kicked in and soda, chips, bags of sunflower seeds and candy were stolen.
Debbie Bolduc, concession stand coordinator, said the culprits ate the chips and probably other candy inside the stand before taking off.
“They had themselves a little snack. There were chips on the floor,” Bolduc said.
Bolduc was the first to discover the latest burglary when she showed up to stock the stand Monday morning.
Police Cpl. Jon Kelly said police were notified of the theft and that the case is under investigation.
Bolduc wasn’t very surprised when she discovered the burglary.
Earlier this season, someone broke into a shed and stole softball equipment.
“This time it was more like they came in and helped themselves to the soda and snacks,” said Bolduc, who removed all remaining food from the stand.
Sytulek said the thefts are frustrating because the concession stand generates revenue to help run youth sports programs.
“It helps pay for some of the equipment needs. It contributes to the budget,” he said.
The theft frustrated parents like Julie Bouchard, whose son, Jeffrey, is a pitcher on Sytulek’s team.
Bouchard, who helps run the stand, said she was disappointed, especially since the theft happened just hours after her son’s team ended the season with a championship win on Sunday.
“He brought these kids a long way,” Bouchard said of Sytulek, who has coached her 16-year-old son since he was 7.