DECATUR – An adult volunteer is accused of selling baseball equipment meant for the children's team he coached and using the cash to buy crack cocaine.
Sworn statements from Decatur Park Police Chief Ed Culp said the equipment belonged to the Decatur Park District. Youth baseball gloves, bats, helmets and soft-toss baseballs valued at $250 had been stolen, he said.
Culp said the 44-year-old suspect, arrested Friday afternoon, admitted he sold two batches of items to the Play it Again Sports store. He “profited $35 which was later used to purchase crack cocaine,” Culp said.
The former coach was jailed on a charge of burglary.