Los Amigos High School's baseball team has received an outpouring of community support after all of the team's sports equipment was stolen from the school over the Labor Day weekend, school officials said.
Someone entered the Fountain Valley campus sometime Sunday evening or early Monday morning from the back area, cut through a welded-shut gate and broke into the bin with the equipment, said Fountain Valley Police Department Sgt. Matt Sheppard.
Bats, gloves and catchers equipment were among the stolen items, which are estimated to be worth between $3,500 and $4,000, said Los Amigos baseball coach Art Maltby.
Maltby said the robbers had to have been familiar with the equipment's location.
"We have two bins in the locker area, and they only broke into the one with the equipment," he said.
But the community is standing behind the school and has donated more money than the equipment was worth.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim alone have donated $3,000 worth of sports equipment, and other residents and local businesses, including National Sports Apparel, have also made donations, Maltby said. A local lawyer, who asked to remain anonymous, wanted to donate $4,000.
"I called him back and told him the Angels wanted to donate," Maltby said. "I didn't want him to donate $4,000 just because. I didn't think he needed to send that much if other people in the community are helping us out."
Maltby said the lawyer still made a contribution.
"I'm very grateful for everything that people have done," he said. "And all the well wishes. It's been very humbling, to say the least."
Maltby said the school plans to hold a golf tournament at some point to raise funds as well, but details have not been established yet.
Sheppard said police are still investigating the incident and asked anyone who has information on the case to call the department.