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St. Helens soccer gear missing

FC Columbia County's equipment shed broken into, cleaned of contents.


by: FILE PHOTO - St. Helens and Scappoose girls' soccer teams pose after their preseason inter-squad scrimmage in late August. Many of the girls from both teams are part of FC Columbia County.Sometime over last weekend, the soccer equipment shed at the junior varsity field on the campus of St. Helens High School was broken in to, and the girls' side of the shed left empty. The lock was cut and left on the floor, according to girls' head coach Simon Date.

“They took all the extra equipment that we had including shorts, snacks, balls, medical supplies, everything,” said Date via Facebook.

Not all of the gear was lost, due to a small dose of luck. The girl's team was in the process of moving their gear from one field to another, so not everything was being stored in the shed when it was broken in to. The game balls, cones and canopy were in Date's truck over the weekend, and the boys’ side of the shed was left alone.

Date asked the community to keep their eyes and ears open in his post on FC Columbia County's Facebook page, hoping the small, tight-knit soccer community would be able to discover the whereabouts of the missing equipment.

“I'm incredibly frustrated right now,” he said. “Let's get this gear back and get someone in front of the police.”

The missing gear does not, as was reported earlier, belong to FC Columbia County. The only items that are missing are the property of St. Helens High School.

This story will be updated as new information is made available.