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Stolen Equipment Recovered by Indio Public Works Employee

The eyes, ears, and heart of our City continue to work together even during this time of social distancing. Sometime between April 19 and April 22, 2020 someone cut through the padlocks to the storage sheds at Davis Field, and took snacks used to raise money for the Indio Youth Sports Association, baseball and softball equipment, and most financially devastating, a three- wheeled vehicle used to rake the ball fields. The total loss came to more than $22,000. Within hours of the Indio Police Department sharing the news on social media, Public Works employee Guillermo "Memo" de la Torre noticed an unusual post about equipment for sale on Facebook. He zoomed in on the photo and recognized the word "Indio" hidden underneath some writing. Because of Memo's sharp eye and dedication to helping families in the city where he works, he contacted IPD and our terrific police officers were able to track down both the thief and the vehicle. Now, when the parks reopen for play, take a moment to thank all the people behind the scenes who helped it all come together.