Bat bonanza… for a thief

Police searching for person who took $14,500 in sporting goods

By The Mercury

Riley County Police Department officers are asking for assistance in locating a suspect and car involved in a Monday night burglary and theft at Grand Slam Sports. They said $14,500 worth of goods were stolen.

Video stills taken from a nearby business and made public Wednesday show a hooded figure walking past the security camera of The Wiring Guy, located near Grand Slam Sports, 2007 Fort Riley Blvd., and also show a light-colored Mercury Grand Marquis in the area.

The car has a Landau top and is dated to the late 80s or early 90s.

Lt. Josh Kyle said the burglar gained entry by breaking the glass in the front door, resulting in damages of approximately $1,000.

The thief then reportedly stole 10 pairs off Mizuno sports shoes worth $450, 70 Miken Demarti softball bats worth $14,000 and a purple Mizuno bag worth $50.

Kyle said the owner of the business, Michael Thompson, reported the crime Tuesday morning after receiving a call from the owner of a nearby business.

The burglary and theft reportedly occurred between 10:34 and 10:44 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112 or to call Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777 or 1 (800) 222-8477. Tips can also be left at

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