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Man Arrested in Highland Baseball Theft

Steven Vile is accused of stealing nearly $15,000 worth of equipment from the Highland Baseball Program. He is also a suspect in several other thefts in the Evansville area.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says Steven Vile is not cooperating with their investigation, but they say the evidence speaks for itself. Vile is being investigated for theft by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, the Warrick County Sheriff's Office, and the Evansville Police Department. EPD already had Vile in custody for another theft investigation when the search warrant was carried out Tuesday night.

"Well obviously that's how he was supporting himself, he didn't have a job," said Lt. Doug Daza of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office. At one point he had a legitimate job. "He was actually a number of years ago an employee of Mulzer's," said Lt. Daza.

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office says Vile could be the man who stole a tractor from Mulzer Crushed Stone and attempted to steal an ATM in April. Some items from Mulzer were recovered Tuesday night, but that's not all they found.

A search warrant of Vile's home led law enforcement to recover equipment taken  from the Highland Baseball League. "We're extremely happy to have our equipment back," said Matt Pokorney of the Highland Baseball League. A "Gator" utility vehicle, a four wheeler, and a pitching machine were recovered, totaling around $10,000. "Every dollar we take in this club, every dollar we spend is for our kids," said Pokorney.

The community has rallied around the baseball league.

 "We had over 40,000 hits on our website, on our Facebook account. The public stepped up and they were looking for this equipment for these kids," said Pokorney.  With so much support pouring in, the kids at Highland Baseball can play ball once again.

"We'll get through this, and we'll get through this as a club, and our kids are our strength," said Pokorney.

Some baseball equipment is still missing. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says they expect more charges to be filed and more arrests to be made soon.

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