December 10, 2013

Aluminum bleachers stolen from Buckfield athletic complex

A school official says two or three 16-foot benches and the seats and foot rests were taken.

The Associated Press

BUCKFIELD — Police think the aluminum bleachers missing from the Buckfield Junior-Senior High School athletic complex were stolen to be sold as scrap.

Jonathan Chalmers, assistant director of buildings and grounds at the school, says a maintenance employee discovered the theft during a check on the fields Friday afternoon.

He tells the Sun Journal that two or three 16-foot benches and the seats and foot rests from a three-level set of bleachers were taken. The aluminum slats were detached from the bleachers’ galvanized steel frame.

The complex, which has baseball and soccer fields, is several hundred yards behind the school in a wooded area and cannot be seen from the road running by the school.

Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Bowie says investigators are pursuing several leads.

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