FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) - The former President of the Madison County Boys Baseball League faces felony charges for stealing.
Authorities say Chad Reeves of Marquand is accused of stealing more than $2,000 from the league. Reeves was arrested and bonded out of jail.
Parents, coaches, and community members say they are sad, shocked, and frustrated. Board members say the league was already struggling financially.
They are determined to keep the league afloat for boys with a passion for baseball like 15-year-old Dakota Dowd.
"It's worth it," said Dowd. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."
According to Madison County Sheriff David Lewis, Reeves allegedly stole the money between April 26, and June 1, 2011.
"It's shocking who he allegedly stole it from," said Sheriff Lewis.
According to court records, Reeves was responsible for league finances and collected money including player registration fees. When Reeves failed to provide reports for needed supplies, other league leaders became suspicious.
According to the probable cause statement from a Madison County investigator, when financial report were turned over, accounts showed more than $2,000 in missing funds. An investigation began revealing checks were deposited, but the cash was missing.
"It's one of the biggest things for youth to do in this town," said Parent and Coach Rick Brewington of the role baseball plays in Fredericktown.
"For my son it's the biggest thing to him all summer long," said Brewington. "I love it. They love it. We need it we need more fields we need lots of things."
The New League President Clay Hendrix says they have no comment and the case is in the hands of authorities.
Several business owners say they give the league $150 to sponsor teams. Those owners tell Heartland News they are stunned by the news.
Meanwhile, parents say the league is planning several fundraisers and would appreciate community support to raise money for the league.