Bakersfield ballpark burglarized, players help police find the suspects
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
On Monday night, the undefeated Bakersfield Train Robbers beat the High Desert Yard Birds at home 18-7.
After the game was over and the stadium lights turned off, burglars broke into the team’s locker room and ransacked it.
“They came in, took a lot of pants, batting gloves and bags,” said Robert Mavis Junior, the team’s catcher.
Some of the players said the thieves also got away with other personal items like underwear and underpants. The suspected burglars left behind the more expensive items like bats and helmets. All of the items that were stolen belonged to the players and not the baseball team.
The next day, two players driving down Chester Avenue saw something suspicious. They saw a man and a woman wearing their teammates clothes.
“Right when we were pulling into Sam Lynn I was like Eric isn’t that J’s shoes,” said player Kyle Ulanday. “He was like no way.”
The two quick thinking players called Bakersfield police and then followed the suspects into a nearby store.
“The cop was able to arrest them at MetroPCS,” said Ulanday. “He was able to get all of the stuff that he had on him, which was the majority of our stuff.”
BPD officers later went to the suspect’s apartment and recovered the rest of the stolen items, including a military dog tag that was given to the team by a local veteran.
Baseball coach Bill Moore said this incident did not break the team’s spirit. In fact, it made them stronger.
“The criminals that did this took an already close team and probably brought us together even closer.”
The Train Robbers started their season on May 25th and their season will wrap up at the end of July.