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Equipment stolen from youth football league in Portland

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Portland police are looking for Fox 12's Most Wanted who broke into an equipment shed and stole football equipment from a youth football team.

The shed was full of $20,000 worth of equipment for almost 90 players. Now, there's not much left inside.

The theft was discovered this week by Raschied McCallister, a one-time semi-pro player who now coaches for Madison Youth Football.

The teams use the field at Madison High School but are not associated with the school, and it was the youth football families themselves who raised the money two years ago to buy all of the brand new equipment for the players.

McCallister said the new equipment meant a lot because he never had a new helmet or uniform growing up, and he told Fox 12 why he thinks football is so important to the young men.

"For me football gives us life lessons and it teaches the intangibles to be better human beings," said McCallister.

McCallister said if he has to he will take out a personal loan to replace the equipment so the players don't have to miss a season.

Police said they don't have any leads in the case. If you know anything, please call Portland Police.

Madison Youth Football has set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to buy more equipment. If you would like to donate, click here.

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