NEW YORK (PIX11) — This was a game for charity.
The NYPD “New York’s Finest Baseball Club” was supposed to compete in the championship game against the Dallas Fire Department. But, because of the of thieves making off with their equipment, they couldn’t compete with anyone.
The team is made up of members of the NYPD, who buy their own uniforms and their own equipment and pay for their own travel, all to play ball.
On Friday morning in Dallas, they were getting ready to compete in a charity championship game, when they found out almost all of their equipment was stolen from their rental car.
We spoke with the distraught team captain, Dennis O’Sullivan, by phone. He told us what happened when he saw the car.
O’Sullivan told PIX11 that around 8:30 a.m. Friday, the team noticed their gloves, bats and uniforms were all missing from their rental minivan in their hotel parking lot.
“Pretty surreal opening the back of the van to see formerly completely packed with baseball equipment now completely empty,” he said.
Frank Delgado couldn’t make the trip. He told PIX11 he’s heartbroken for his fellow teammates. His catchers equipment was among the stolen items.
“This is our escape. We consist of 35 police officers, and this is what we do to escape from the stress from the job,” Delgado said.
“I don’t know how we’re going to manage with missing some of the uniforms. These aren’t just bought off the shelf at a store. We kind of custom personalize all of these things,” O’Sullivan said.
According to the Dallas Police Department, an unknown suspect broke into the rented vehicle sometime between 3 and 8 a.m.
Later on Friday, police were able to locate some of the equipment at another location. Most of the equipment, the team says, is still missing.
“We went down to play charity. This is pretty awful,” Delgado added.
The team was just kicking off their summer season, but they say they will work together to figure out a way to equip the team. They had been in Texas all week and were winning.
A spokesperson from the Dallas Marriott Suites where the team was staying told PIX11, “We are actively cooperating with the local authorities and the ongoing investigation.”
No NYPD issued weapons, badges or duty gear was stolen in the heist.