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Sporting Goods Outlets Step In After Thefts From NYPD Baseball Team

NYPD Baseball Theft

An NYPD baseball team had to cancel their game in Dallas after their gear and equipment were stolen. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two sporting goods outlets have offered to replace the uniforms and gears that were stolen from an NYPD officers’ baseball team in Texas.

New York’s Finest Baseball Club received the offer on Sunday from Rawlings and Modell’s Sporting Goods.

The team’s manager, Jose Vasquez, told the New York Post that the offer “lessens the blow a little bit.”

The team lost $15,000 in gloves, bats and uniforms when its van was burglarized in Dallas on Friday, just before a championship game that had to be called off as a result.

The van was parked in the lot of a Marriott Hotel, while the New York’s Finest Baseball Club prepared to play the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department team, the newspaper reported.

“The impact is hard, because my guys pay for their own equipment,” Vasquez told CBS 2 last week. “We pay our own way to come down to Dallas. We’re not funded by the city. We’re not funded by our department.”

Rawlings offered $800 in bats, helmets and balls. Modell’s said it will work with the team to see what it can do to help.

The team is scheduled to start its regular season next week. It will include a tournament in San Diego.

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