Bleachers stolen from Cranston park
A group of Cranston youth softball players want to know who apparently stole the bleachers and benches from their ballpark at Taft Field.
It happened at Brayton Park, according to Cranston's Park and Recreation Director Tony Liberatore.
"I can’t say on camera how I feel, but it absolutely aggravates me," Liberatore told NBC 10 News Tuesday.
Liberatore made the discovery Monday morning while doing his rounds at the park.
The girls of the Cranston League for Cranston Future, or CLCF, play at Taft Field.
The team is calling foul on the thief.
"People are outraged that anybody would do this to our girls and our complex," said Tiffany Spiridakos, the chairwoman of CLCF Softball. "Everyone respects the complex and they enjoy playing here."
Spiridakos said someone apparently stole two aluminum benches from the team's dugout and two aluminum bleachers on the outside of the field.
"You don’t expect someone to just do that," said CLCF player Siena Nardelli.
Another CLCF player, Vanessa Piscione, echoed the same sentiments.
"I think it’s really mean," she said. "Why would they do that to little girls? We’re just there to have fun and play."
It's upsetting news for people who visit the park.
"As much as I can’t believe it, I can believe it, because unfortunately, that’s today’s world," said Kathleen Gonsalves.
"It's sad and upsetting," said her son, Kevin Gonsalves. "I hope they get it back."
Liberatore said the Parks and Recreation Department will pay to replace the benches and bleachers, with the approval of Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
Parents are also offering a $500 reward for the return of the benches.
"Please, if you can, return them," Piscione said. "And if anyone finds them, please let us know."
"If you know where they are, just give them back," Nardelli said.
The team is also trying to raise money through GoFund Me to cover the cost of the benches and bleachers or possibly install security cameras around the field.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Cranston Police Department.