Police investigate attempted burglary at Miracle League field

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Grand Strand organization that offers athletic opportunities to children with mental and physical disabilities is looking for the person responsible for damaging one of its facilities.

Police were dispatched to the Grand Strand Miracle League's field off Oak Street around 2:30 a.m. Friday after an alarm at the complex sounded. Responding officers said upon arrival, it was noticeable  someone had forced their way into the organization's snack stand.

Police said the attempted break-in left visible pry marks on the concession stand, in addition to a second building. Organization officials said it appeared nothing was taken during the incident.

"It's a great, happy, joyful place," Miracle League Director Tory Mackey said. "[Who] would come and just mess with it?"

Mackey says it's almost impossible to explain to the kids in the Miracle League why someone would want to take from them.

The offers children with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. The organization takes advantage of a specialized field made for wheelchairs and walkers to make baseball dreams come true.

Mackey says its those dreams she'll have to work better to protect with additional and more unsightly security measures.

"We didn't want it to look like a war zone over there. This is the Miracle League, but I'm afraid we may just have to do some of those things just to keep our building safe," Mackey said.

The crime is a bother for the organization that would rather focus on more important things like its upcoming season.

Dick Zayicek was out practicing pitching with his son on a nearby field. He says he wasn't happy to hear the news.

"It's sad when you hear situations like that especially for youth sports where people are breaking into an organization like this and vandalizing or doing whatever they do," said Zayicek.

Anyone with information on the person or people behind the attempted burglary is asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department immediately.

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