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$25K in damages to Little League concession stand

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Vandals trashed a Little League concession stand in Maury County over the weekend, and now the start of the season could be in jeopardy.

Columbia police said the vandals used bolt cutters to break into the concession stand on Lion Parkway sometime late Friday or early Saturday morning.

The vandals knocked over the popcorn machine, shattered the food warmer then grabbed the fire extinguisher and sprayed everything with foam.

The vandals also left graffiti on the outside of the building.

About 400 kids are part of the town's Little League.  Concessions help bring in about $20,000 to operate the organization for the entire year, including paying for umpires and buying uniforms.

Darrell Prentice, a board member for the league, said the start of the baseball season may be delayed by the vandalism.

"My heart dropped in my stomach when we walked in here and saw this," said Prentice.

The total of the damage is about $25,000.  No arrests have been made.

"I was furious and sad at the same time. Who would want to do that?" said player Will Holt.

The organization says their insurance policy only covered theft, not damage.

Coaches are hoping the community will donate to help in the repairs. Donations can be made to the "Columbia Little League" at all Community First Bank & Trust locations.

A $1,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

The first pitch of the season is scheduled to begin in six weeks.

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