Wiring for lights stolen at soccer field

February 16, 2013

At least for now, the party’s over at Brady Brown Field – but there’s no need to turn out the lights. Thieves took care of that already, when they stole the copper wiring.

Angel Krzeminski, vice president of the Granbury Soccer Association (for ages 5-16), which uses the field as a practice venue, said on Wednesday that the estimated cost for replacing the wiring and getting the lights back in working order will be in excess of $25,000.

The incident, which occurred in December or January, is the latest Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week. An irrigation pump, valued at $2,000-plus, was also stolen from the site.

The field, located on 16 acres next to Lake Granbury just off Lipan Highway adjacent to the Brazos River Authority’s Thorp Spring Park, is mostly a practice facility, and occasionally is used for overflow games during tournaments, according to Krzeminski.

The Crime Stoppers report states that all of the copper wire that ran from the service box to each of the nine lights for the soccer field was stolen.

“During the offseason, there has been a lot of criminal activity,” Krzeminski said, noting that no-trespassing signs were posted before the incident. She said that, over a period of time, people have also been stealing individual stones that were part of an entry way at the field.

Krzeminski said that anyone who wants to make a donation to the soccer association toward getting the lights back in working order, can call her at 817-279-2145.

“If somebody is interested in making a donation that’s great, but without $25,000 we can’t do it,” she said.

Krzeminski praised the BRA, the Hood County Sheriff’s Department and Tri-County Electric Cooperative for their help, saying, “They’ve all been wonderful.” Tri-County put up a safety light, and the thieves left a live electrical box that posed a danger until workers took care of that problem. The Sheriff’s Office has been making close patrols, she said, and the BRA is building a fence to keep traffic away from the area. The soccer association leases the land from the BRA, Krzeminski said.

To report information to Crime Stoppers on the copper wire theft, call 817-573-TIPS, or go online (hoodcountycrimestoppers.com). You can also send a test message to 274637, and be sure to include “tip 129” in the message. You will remain anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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