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Costly repairs underway after field vandalized at Chain of Lakes

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Vandalized field in Winter Haven on Monday. Much of it has been repaired after a truck drove through it Friday night causing $3,500 in damage. Vandalized field in Winter Haven on Monday. Much of it has been repaired after a truck drove through it Friday night causing $3,500 in damage.
Vandalized field in Winter Haven on Monday. Much of it has been repaired after a truck drove through it Friday night causing $3,500 in damage. Vandalized field in Winter Haven on Monday. Much of it has been repaired after a truck drove through it Friday night causing $3,500 in damage.
WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) -

A Friday night joyride on a Winter Haven baseball field is costing the city some big bucks.

Police say patching up the mess on one of the Chain of Lakes fields is going to take $3,500 to fix. They don't have any leads yet on who caused the damage, but Winter Haven police believe someone drove the field Friday night creating a good deal of vandalism.

"It's extensive," Winter Haven Police Spokesperson Jamie Brown said. "Once the field has been damaged and it goes down into the dirt you just have to try to repair it and then let nature take its course so it can be an equal playing field, so to speak, for the players," she said.

The cleanup is partly finished. They're trying to get it ready in time for RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitation this month when players from more than 200 colleges go there to play.

Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this activity to call 863-401-2256 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

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