ADELANTO – The home team locker room was ravaged through by unknown vandals after the Mavericks won the league title Saturday night. The locker rooms are off-limits to the public and only the players and staff have access to these areas, City Manager Cindy Herrera said. The damage was only made to the home team locker room, with the visitor locker room sustaining no damage.
The damage sustained to the home team locker room included broken ceiling tiles, holes in the walls, a smashed big screen television, and damage to the field. “I was shocked to say the least, at the damage throughout the home team’s locker room,” said an angry Rich Kerr, Mayor of Adelanto. “I would expect that after winning the League title that there might be some trash from celebrating, but not the destruction that was in the players’ locker room and the playing field,” added Kerr.
The game ended at 10:00 p.m. and was followed by a firework display. By 11:30 p.m. the stadium was cleared of all visitors, and the gates were all secured. “It’s impossible to know when the damage would have occurred, but it would have to have happened after all the visitors had departed,” according to Kerr.
Several witnesses reported seeing vehicles at the stadium until around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. One of the witnesses, a city staff member, who also serves as a Sheriff Department’s Citizens on Patrol noticed on his way to another call. A second witness, who collects recycled materials after the games also noticed several vehicles in the parking lot after hours.
“Unfortunately, as is the practice for teams in all sports, there are no security cameras in the locker room so we can’t identify the culprits,” said Kerr. A police report was filed, and Adelanto Police have begun an investigation and have taken statements from the witnesses who may have information relating to the vandalism, and observed the vehicles in the parking lot.
Anyone with information about the locker room destruction is asked to contact Deputy T. James at (760) 552-6800. For more information about the city’s reaction to the damage at the stadium contact Mayor Rich Kerr, (760) 246-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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