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Special Olympics athletic gear stolen in Lompoc

Posted at 5:02 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 22:37:42-04

The Lompoc Special Olympics program is at risk of starting their softball season this Saturday without any gear.

A trailer belonging to the team with equipment for nearly 65 athletes was burglarized Friday. Coaches and parents say it may be hard to replace the bats and gloves that were taken due to players only being allowed to use certified Amateur Softball Association bats.

The trailer was stationed behind the Anderson Recreation Center at 125 W Walnut Ave.

"These athletes and coaches and stuff don't bother anybody. They're taking away from them. This is what they look forward to year-round," said Leigh Garcia, Special Olympics coach and parent.

Those involved in the organization are considering getting security cameras in order to help avoid issues like this in the future.

"Whoever did it, it's hurting us. It's hurting the team that they took the bats and gloves and I wish they wouldn't have done it," said Special Olympics athlete Corey Gusman.

To help the Lompoc Special Olympics program, donations may be sent to:

P.O. Box 1164
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406