Equipment stolen from two Tampa youth football leagues
TAMPA - Police are investigating burglaries involving the theft of football equipment and uniforms from two youth football leagues. It's not clear whether the thefts of gear from the Highland Pines Cougars and Tampa Bay Youth Football league were related, police said. The first theft occurred between 7 p.m. May 23 and 4:30 p.m. May 24 at Highland Pines Park, 4505 E. 21st Ave. About $2,000 worth of gear from the Cougars' shed was stolen, police said. Missing are six footballs, 40 helmets, 24 ear pieces, 10 shoulder pads, 100 black belts, three kicking blocks, one repair kit and three kicking tees.The second theft occurred between noon Saturday and 5 p.m. Tuesday at 2119 W. Perio St. The equipment storage area was burglarized, and 50 new helmets and 60 shoulder pads worth a total of $6,000 was stolen, police said. The helmets were white and did not have league logos on them, yet. Players in the leagues are 5 to 14 years old. Anyone with information should call the Tampa Police Department.