MASON CITY, Iowa - The Mason City Parks and Recreation Department said Monday that they are out $13,000 after items were stolen from a facility over the weekend.
Brian Pauly, with the department, said items that power and run the scoreboard were stolen from the Norris Youth Softball Complex. Food and beverages were also stolen from the facility. In addition, the concession store window and the pull-down locking security mechanism were damaged.
Police were called Saturday morning and were alerted of the theft.
In his 10 years with Parks & Recreation, Pauly said this was the first major theft that involved theft of a large number of items.
"When you steal from the youth complex, you're stealing from the kids in Mason City. We're not here to make money, we're here to provide services for the kids. Anything we make goes back into our programs and keeps the costs as low as possible for the community."
The concession stand where the items were located was alarmed at the time of the theft, Pauly said. In terms of the possibility of strengthening security, Pauly says it's being evaluated.
"We want to look at our procedures and see how we can be more efficient and try to mitigate this as best as possible."
Another burglary was reported Friday morning at a Mason City tavern.
Police said it received a call from Spike’s Tap at 11:04 a.m. and that the building was broken into and video poker machines were burglarized. It happened overnight Thursday into Friday.
Both cases remain under investigation.