HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials and coaches at Harlan High School are trying to replace several stolen items just a few weeks before football season starts.
Harlan City Police say the thieves have broken into the high school's football stadium twice in recent weeks. Break-ins were also reported at the baseball and softball fields this summer.
Harlan High School coaches say thieves have broken locks and doors to get into the athletic buildings.
"They beat the knob off this door here which we had to replace with a deadbolt lock," said Coach James Donahue.
Police say thieves stole items at least twice in the past three weeks.
"It's bad that they're stealing off the kids. It's for the youth," said Officer John Noe.
Coaches say thieves took all the copper wiring from the football field's concession stand, which now means no electricity to it.
"The power to the concession stand takes care of our ice, for both injury ice and ice for the water that we drink," said Coach Donahue.
They also got into the equipment room and stole needed items, including the radios coaches use at games.
"That makes for an inconvenience," said Coach Donahue.
Coaches say this also hurts financially because now the school district has to spend money for repairs and to replace the items.
"Taking other items away from the kids when they have to spend money on re-doing those things," said Coach Donahue.
Investigators say the damage and thefts add up to several thousand dollars.
Harlan Police are following leads and hope to catch the thieves before another break-in happens.
"We do expect someone to be caught and hopefully put an end to it," said Coach Donahue.
They hope they can replace the stolen items before the first football game.
Anyone with information on the break-ins or anyone who sees the stolen radios should call the Harlan City Police Department.