Crime Stoppers: Who stole baseball mannequin?

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help to figure out who stole this mannequin from the NMSU baseball practice field. (Courtesy photo)

Las Cruces Police Department

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for stealing a ‘hitter’ mannequin from the New Mexico State University baseball practice field.

A New Mexico State University baseball player noticed the mannequin was missing on Friday, Sept. 16, and the theft was reported to the NMSU Police Department.

The mannequin is modeled after a baseball player holding a bat and standing at home plate. The equipment, paired with a ‘catcher’ mannequin that was not taken, is used for pitching practice.

The hitter mannequin is black, approximately 6-feet tall and was wearing a gray New York Yankee uniform. The mannequin’s stand and baseball cleats were left behind.

The hitter mannequin is valued at approximately $4,000. However, because the pitching practice mannequins are only sold in pairs – hitter and catcher – the NMSU baseball team will be forced to replace both pieces of equipment at a cost of $16,000.

If you have any information on who may be responsible for this theft, or the whereabouts of the stolen mannequin, you are asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to LCTIPS (528477).

The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.

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