Babe Ruth snack shack hit by vandals |

Babe Ruth snack shack hit by vandals

Christina Proctor

The damage total is mounting for two South Tahoe Middle School students. Two 11-year-old boys cited for causing a fire that burned down a cabin last month are also accused of vandalizing the Babe Ruth League’s snack shack, investigators said.

South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Pete VanArnum said the boys caused thousands of dollars of damage to the building for no apparent reason.

The boys reportedly told other students about the vandalism, bringing it to the attention of investigators. Park employees confirmed the damage.

“They pushed over refrigerators, sprayed the fire extinguisher, and broke the popcorn machine,” VanArnum said. “They broke out a window with a rock to get in.”

The damage was done about an hour after school ended. The building is located on the field next to the the middle school. VanArnum said the boys admitted to causing the damage, but didn’t have a reason for doing it. The boys were cited for curfew violations several times before these incidents, he added.

Roxanne Behrendsen, president of the South Lake Tahoe Babe Ruth League, said the league’s insurance doesn’t cover vandalism and is hoping for donations to repair the damage.

“We don’t have a total estimate on the damage yet, but it was extensive.” Behrendsen said. “The refrigerators are broken and they even went up into the manager’s office and caused some damage.”

Anyone interested in making donations can call Behrendsen at (775) 588-9404, or make checks payable to South Lake Tahoe Babe Ruth League and sent to P.O. Box 14103, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 961521.

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