MINEOLA, Texas (KLTV) - The Mineola ISD Police Department said they are investigating a theft of copper which occurred at the district softball field on W. Loop 564.
“We have not experienced copper theft of this magnitude; our fields are fairly new and we have never experienced any type of theft like this here,” Mineola ISD Police Chief Cody Castleberry said.
This vandalism has caused the field lights to not turn on for practices and games.
“We actually can’t turn on the lights on either field so both the softball and the baseball varsity and jv teams so a total of four teams have been affected and we’re having to reschedule games and practices until we can make some progress,” Castleberry said.
Castleberry says the thieves removed the access plates on the field lighting poles and removed wiring for the lights.
“We had several schools that reached out to us to let us know that they have been affected in the same manner, they had copper or wire stolen from their facilities,” he said.
Castleberry explains that Edgewood ISD, Fruitvale ISD, and Dawson ISD have all experienced copper theft and the Mineola community is shocked that someone would do this right before the baseball and softball season starts.
“They’re very angry that somebody would come out here and take away from the students who are getting ready to start their softball and baseball season and that has really had an effect on our community,” Castleberry said.
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