For the third time in less than two weeks, burglars struck the Little League concession stand at Plains Park late last week.
The break-in was reported at 12:12 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, according to Danvers Police Sgt. Robert Bettencourt, a department spokesman. A neighbor heard noises coming from the area of the concession stand and called police, he said.
Responding officers saw someone running through the park as they arrived and found the door pried open. Candy was strewn around the area, Bettencourt said.
Because the suspect was believed to still be in the area, a police dog from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office was called in and police set up a perimeter. Nobody was caught and detectives continue to investigate, Bettencourt said. Police patrols have also been increased in the area, he said.
But this is not the first time that the concession stand, at the end of Porter Street, has been the victim of a burglary or attempted burglary in recent weeks.
Overnight on July 29-30 someone broke in and stole money. At the time, the Salem News reported that $80 in Jimmy Fund money was stolen. After that, Little League officials were advised to not store money in the building, Bettencourt said. Again on the overnight on July 29-30, someone damaged the lock but did not get in.
“This is the third time in the past 10 days,” Bettencourt said last week.
In the most recent burglary, police said some candy was stolen.
Additionally, on July 12, someone broke into the Danvers Recreation Department's locked boxes full of sports equipment used for youth summer camps at the park. The equipment was stolen.