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.

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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