Thieves stole $12,000 worth of fireworks from the Rio Linda Little League fireworks fundraiser inventory sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Rio Linda Little League aimed to sell the fireworks to raise money for their general fund, which is used to buy equipment, jerseys and host events for softball and baseball, said Rio Linda Little League president Shawna Reed.
All higher-priced items, such as the league’s most popular $500 package, were taken along with small individual items like sparklers. Reed said police will investigate who stole the items, but that there were no new updates.
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A-1 Storage, one of the organization’s sponsors, offered a reward for anyone who could give a tip that could lead investigators to the thieves, she said. The award amount has not been disclosed.
TNT has replaced the stolen items, but the league will still have to pay for the items and try to make a profit.
“The kids are disappointed, but what they’re seeing is that we’re not going to let something bad take over,” Reed said. “They see the theft, but they also see parents pulling together and continuing to make the fundraiser successful.”
On Saturday, Rio Linda Little League is hosting a state tournament for junior softball, she said. Because they are a non-profit organization, the league relies on fundraisers like the fireworks sale to pay for snack bars, a PA system, field improvements and other arrangements.
Reed added that the organization plans to meet their needs.
After hearing the news, community members immediately stepped in to help, she said. Last night, she estimated about a dozen of people came to their booth on 416 M street to show support and buy their fireworks. They expect to see more Thursday, Reed said.
Police could not be immediately reached for comment.
Alejandra Reyes-Velarde: 916-321-1005