MCDONOUGH, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - McDonough police are searching for criminals who targeted a fancy truck.
These suspects ended up taking something very important to a group of young girls: thousands of dollars in softball equipment.
Coach Matthew Schroyer said his white Ford F-350 vanished from the parking lot of a McDonough Hampton Inn overnight on Friday.
"At 10 till 6 this morning, I went out and it was gone," he said.
If losing the truck wasn't bad enough, nearly $5,000-worth of gear for his girl's softball team was reportedly left inside.
"All my girls' equipment, all of our balls, nets, tees, everything that we use on a weekly basis to prepare for these tournaments, was gone," Schroyer said. "All my daughter's personal equipment, my personal equipment, was gone."
Schroyer says he filed a police report and hopes nearby security cameras may have caught a glimpse of the theft in action.
Two other truck thefts were reported in the same area of McDonough in one night in March.
The theft moved the team to improvise, borrowing equipment from sister teams and finding creative ways to keep the tournament in play.
Schroyer says this has been a lesson in perserverance for the girls. They won every game they came to play Saturday.
He hopes for a good outcome in the case of his truck as well.