Omaha Police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of public property in the form of a scoreboard from the Nebraska side of Levi Carter Park.
Investigators believe a thief approached from the back side of the park on a secluded road and took out a section of chain link fence. Once inside, the scoreboard was cut from its supports and hauled away.
It’s not the first time this has happened. The scoreboard on the other field is also missing.
Ted Clary works at Levi Carter Park and he has noticed that criminals have been ripping off the park for quite some time.
Clary said, “They're stealing all the stuff for scrap metal. That’s all it is. They don’t care about the field. They don’t care about anything. All they want is scrap metal.”
Clary also pointed out that the lights surrounding the field don’t work. The wiring has all been pulled out.
“They just hack onto it they get a little grinder or saw and cut in there and pry it open and pull the wire out,” he said.
Even the building on the field has been vandalized. All the plumbing and copper is gone.
The city is raising money to replace all of the stolen items. They will be replaced with updated lights and scoreboards that will be more secure and more difficult to steal.
According to police reports, the scoreboard that was recently stolen is worth $4,000.