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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Less than 24 hours after Eyewitness News first published the surveillance picture, Warwick police confirm they have identified the person captured on security video the night a Warwick Little League complex was vandalized

Police have not released the person’s name, saying they would have more information once an arrest was made. However, police did say the person in the photo was a juvenile.

The crime happened Monday night. A group of people converged on Warwick North’s Westside complex and destroyed several surveillance cameras – ripping some of the devices right off the walls and smashing others.

“One of them was brazen enough to go right up to the camera and pose,” said Softball President Carlos Rodas.

The cameras were part of a $2,000 surveillance system, which was installed after a string of issues, including one in which thieves stole money out of the league’s safe.

“We’re grateful that the police…have a suspect. Mostly because we feel like the community came together to make sure action was taken,” Rodas said. “We’re not really looking to persecute anybody. We want to set the example that we take pride in our league and we want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The broken cameras have already been replaced, Rodas said, but the league is still waiting on an estimate of the cost.

The vandalism is a dark spot for a league that’s had an amazing summer filled with championships for both its baseball and softball teams.

Rodas just returned home with his team from Washington State, where they finished third in the Softball Junior World Series. The 11/12 boys – fresh off a state championship – are in Bristol, Connecticut for regionals and hope to make it to the Little League World Series. The Warwick North 11/12 girls also won states and fell just short of returning to the Little League Softball World Series for a second year. They finished third in Bristol.

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