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Thief gets away with candy, cash a Slugfest tournament

By Sarah Willets swillets@civitasmedia.com

April 25, 2014

RED SPRINGS — A thief made off with hundreds of dollars in candy and drinks from Red Springs High School’s concession stand during this week’s Slugsfest, but that didn’t stop spectators and students alike from having a sweet time at the county-wide baseball tournament.


“Overall it went perfectly fine, it was just a minor setback,” said Chris Howell, athletic director at Red Springs High School.


According to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson, someone broke into the concession stand between 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The thief nabbed $350 in candy, drinks and cash, he said.


“We had stocked the concession stand the night before so the drinks would be cold the next day … so unfortunately much of what we had gotten was missing,” Howell said.


Howell said it was clear something had happened when he arrived Wednesday morning.


“There was a window that had been knocked out and the door was open … inside you could tell stuff had been scrambled through,” he said.


It was a sight schools officials were shocked to see — especially since it wasn’t the first time they happened on it.


“I was saying ‘oh no, not again’ because this is the second time this happened this year at our field,” Howell said.


The stolen treats were replaced in time to satisfy the appetites of the three-day tournament’s attendees.


“It is a big event and all six high schools in our county plus two additional high schools that compete,” he said.


Patterson said Red Springs police are close to making an arrest.


“We have a couple suspects in mind and I can say for certain we’re going to make an arrest today or tomorrow, but we’re trying to recover some items,” he said on Friday. At 4 p.m. Friday, a person found with candy in his possession was being questioned.


Purnell Swett High School won the title on Wednesday, its first since 2007.