A four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle owned by Tualatin City Little League has been reported stolen, police said Tuesday.
The ATV was taken from a shipping container near the softball fields at Edward Byrom Elementary School, 21800 S.W. 91st Ave., according to the Tualatin Police Department. Little League officials noticed the padlock on the container, which was reportedly locked at the time of the theft, was missing and discovered the ATV had been taken as well, police said.
Tualatin City Little League, also known as Tualatin Youth Softball, used the ATV for field maintenance.
Facebook group administrator Howard Hoyle wrote a post about the theft on the social media website late Monday.
"We need to find it, could not have happened at a worse time of year, when we really need it to prep the fields," Hoyle wrote, adding, "When the fields aren't dragged they get dangerous and kids get hurt ... errr! ... really upsetting. This time of year when the fields are soft, an ATV is the only thing we can use — trucks are too heavy, will just create huge ruts."
The ATV was used at the Byrom Elementary softball fields, as well as the fields at nearby Tualatin High School, according to Hoyle's post.
This is the second vehicle theft to hit Tualatin City Little League in recent months, according to Hoyle — a tractor it used at Tualatin Community Park was stolen in October.
The ATV is a dark blue and black 2004 Toyota Big Bear valued at $4,500.
The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between Feb. 26 and this Monday, March 6.
Police are asking anyone with information on the theft to call 503-629-0111.