Shed, vehicles gutted in latest wave of Fruita vandalism

Fruita Little League president Tim Shive surveys the damage to the baseball club’s storage shed in an early morning fire.



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Fruita Little League president Tim Shive surveys the damage to the baseball club’s storage shed in an early morning fire.

Three city of Fruita vehicles were damaged or destroyed, while a shed holding equipment for a youth baseball league burned to the ground in acts of suspected arson overnight at Little Salt Wash Park, police said this morning.

Officers were called at 12:57 a.m. on report of small shed on fire at the south end of the parking lot of the park, located at 1135 18 Road, Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said. The shed — holding umpire gear, bases, chalking equipment, a pitching machine and baseballs owned by Fruita Little League — was a total loss, according to Fruita Little League director Tim Shive.

Officers were called back to the park, this time of the northeast corner, at 2:46 a.m. when a reporting party called 911 upon hearing explosions, police said in a news release. Two vehicles, both owned by the City of Fruita, were fully engulfed by fire. The vehicles were sitting in a fenced area on the northeast corner of the park. A third vehicle was also damaged.

The acts were the latest vandalism at the same park over recent days and months.

Police on Saturday morning took a report of vandalism to a pump house and trees damage, while a trash can was set on fire. The damage was thought to have happened sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. on Saturday, police said in a release. Angelo said this morning said it’s too early to say whether the cases are related.

Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call police at 858-3008, or Mesa County Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.

 




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