TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Three suspects in the vandalism that occurred at the Tri-Cities Youth Sports Complex in Centerville in early November turned themselves into the Trinity County Sheriff's Office Monday.
Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said that Colton Lewis, 20, and Austin Parish, 17, Trey Emmanuel, 18, all of Groveton, were all charged with state-jail felony criminal mischief.
"Why would somebody do this to a softball field," said Rebecca Langley, player for the Tri-Cities softball team.
It's a question left unanswered as the two players stand in disbelief, trying to make the most of a now useless field.
"I just couldn't believe it happened, I came out and looked at all the damage," said Rodney Langley, Tri-Cities Youth Sports Complex Field Manager.
Mangled gates and tire tracks galore is what he saw.
"They did donuts all throughout the field, tearing up the infield and outfield. They busted back through the fence, around the field, through our outside fence, back on to the road," Langley said.
Like thieves in the night, the vandals got away, but not before leaving behind one helpful clue for authorities.
"There was a piece of a reflector off of the front of a vehicle. We had a ballpark idea of who it might have been so I went and talked to one of the defendants and noticed the damage to the front of their vehicle," said Chief Deputy Thomas Park, Trinity County Sheriff's Office.
Langley says the alleged vandals didn't heed a sign warning of security cameras being in use this and for that they want them to pay the price.
"We are pressing charges on them, to hold them responsible for what they did," Langley said.
Langley says the damage amounts to around $4,000, proving this to be one expensive joyride.
"My heart breaks for the girls. We worked so hard to give them a good place to play and we've been making a lot of improvements and to see that just kind of setback was really hard," Langley said.
But, he says there is a lesson to be learned.
"To take responsibility for your actions. To know that every decision has consequences and to be accountable," Langley said.
Surveillance video footage showed Lewis' truck causing the damage to the sports complex.
Tonight, each of these three alleged vandals remain in the Trinity County jail, charged with state jail felony criminal mischief