As if Turlock High School hasn’t had enough break-ins and stolen equipment in the past school year, thieves have struck yet again.
Last fall thieves struck the Turlock High School Agriculture Education Department on three separate occasions, stealing some $20,000 worth of lawn equipment and tools.
This time the thieves broke into the soccer team’s storage container and stole the team’s equipment, including dozens of soccer balls, nets, bags, goal frames and various other soccer-related equipment.
On the way out, the thieves turned vandals and unnecessarily slashed the tires on a trailer that is used to transport team gear and equipment to games and tournaments.
Head Coach Doug Sperry says the team is out about $5,000 and sets the team back in fundraising efforts dramatically.
Typically the team sells dinner tickets for an Aug. 12 fundraiser at Las Casuelas. The dinner usually collects about $2,000, which goes to help pay for transportations cost to games and lodging accommodations for weekend tournaments.
The dinner alone is unlikely to recover the $5,000 in cost.
Doug Sperry’s wife, Carol Sperry, has set up a GoFundMe page asking for the Turlock community to help and all of the money raised will be used to replace the equipment lost.
If anyone has information on the theft, call Turlock Police Department at 209-668-5550, or Turlock High School at 209-667-2055. Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers, 866-60-CRIME.