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Jerseys stolen ahead of opening ceremonies

Posted at 6:57 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 21:57:34-05

Burglars broke into a valley uniform store, stealing hundreds of Little League uniforms just days before opening ceremonies.  

"I saw glass shattered everywhere, and pieces of clothing were halfway out the door in the parking lot," says Game On Sports Apparel customer services manager, Michelle Hare.  

Employees say it happened Sunday. Somebody threw a large rock through the front door, then stole everything from computers to phones, to the jerseys.  

"I felt really violated at first," says Hare.  "I felt really emotional." 

Opening ceremonies are when athletes and their teams get dressed up in their uniforms and parade around the field.  Now, ten teams may have to walk out onto that diamond, without their uniforms.

Employees are scrambling, trying to make sure that doesn't happen. They've over-nighted more jerseys, and are working around the clock to try to get the kids their jerseys by opening night.  

"It's just a sense of pride to feel like this is your team, this is who you are," says Hare.  "You never want a kid to go out there not in a jersey and not in a hat." 

Employees say the burglars may have thought they were taking replica MLB jerseys.