Lawrence police say a thief made off with $1,500 worth of equipment belonging to a local youth baseball league days before the start of the season.

Someone broke into a South Lawrence East Little League storage pod and took more than 100 baseballs meant to last the entire season, several bats, helmets, equipment bags, water bottles, five pairs of cleats and a set of catcher's equipment.

Things could have been worse, because most of the league's equipment was distributed to coaches only hours before the break-in was discovered Thursday morning.

A parent volunteer tells The Eagle-Tribune newspaper the league does not have the money to replace the stolen equipment. The league serves about 300 mostly low-income children.

Police say there are no suspects.