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Mar 7, 2013 12:52 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Copper thieves knock out lights at Udall Park

TUCSON - Copper thieves disabled baseball field lights at Udall Park.

The Sabino Canyon Little League only has 1 of its 3 fields available after dark, which is when they hold most of their practices.

Scott Brayer coaches his son Konrad on a team and wants them to be ready for the season.
"Without the practices they can't get there," Brayer said. "Plus, it's just fun to come out and be with your son."

Konrad says he looks forward to practices after school and is disappointed field times are reduced.

"It's more just a fun time to come out and play with friends," Konrad said. "It kind of sucks."
The City of Tucson is expected to start fixing the lights Thursday.

They hope to be finished by the end of next week. The initial damage estimate was about $5,000. The money would come from the Parks and Recreation Department budget.

Tim Klomp is the league president. He looked into an alarm system for the lights, but it might cost about $12,000.

"There's not much we can do about that," Klomp said. "We may look into some sort of security measures, but that's going to be something that's going to be a hefty chunk of money."

The league has more than 280 players ages 4 through 14.

Copper theives could faces charges of felony theft and felony criminal damage.

Police want people to watch out for copper theft and call 911 if they see anything suspicious. It probably happened overnight last weekend when nobody should have been in the park.

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