Baseball club rocked by robbery

Chiefs Club President Matthew Forbes at the clubhouse earlier this week. Photo: Megan Dunn
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The Colyton and St Clair Chiefs Baseball Club has taken a hit after their clubhouse was broken into last week.

The club is holding a fundraising event at Flip Out in Penrith to help with the losses.

Club President Matthew Forbes, whose two children play with the club, told the Weekender that he was shocked to hear about the robbery.

“We were on a break over school holidays and got a call from Council who came down to mow and discovered we were broken into,” he said.

“We have an alarm system, but they disconnected it and we have been told there have been similar break-ins around, so they seem to know what they are doing.”

The small club, which only makes a profit from their canteen, is struggling to come up with over $2000 excess to put an insurance claim through.

“They took a ride-on lawn mower, whipper snipper and an edger, which is vital for us. They also took club apparel like hoodies, hats and bags that will be no use to them,” Mr Forbes said.

“We keep our fees low and any money we make from the canteen and fundraising goes towards the Presentation for the kids, so it’s now disappointing we need to use it for this.”

Mr Forbes said they already had a fun day planned to fundraise, which will now be used to cover the cost of the break-in and insurance claim.

“We wanted to add some rides to the end of season Presentation to make it better for the kids, so we had already organised a fundraiser with Flip Out,” he said.

“If you come down on Sunday, October 20 from 10am to 12pm it will be $20, and if you say you are here for the Chiefs Baseball fundraiser half of that will go to the club, which will really help.”

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