BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - Bloomington Police on Monday requested the public to provide information that might help solve a burglary in mid-December in which thousands of dollars worth of sporting goods were stolen from a local business.

Police don't have any suspect information to release following the break-in that happened sometime between closing time on Sunday, December 13 and early the next morning at Read's Sporting Goods in the 800 block of IAA Drive.

Co-owner Bill Read told 25 News someone entered the business by prying open the back door.

Total losses to the business were estimated at up to $10,000, most of which came from the theft of high-end baseball and softball gloves. Some bats were taken as well, along with cash and some personal items, according to Read.

The burglary caps a year in which small businesses like Read's have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looters also targeted Read's during civil unrest last spring, although Read said losses from the recent burglary was more costly.

Read's has accumulated plenty of goodwill over the years, and the Bloomington-Normal Baseball Association urged its members to buy baseball gear or gift cards from Read's to help it overcome this year's hardships.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call BPD Detective Jared Roth at 309--434-2379. Det. Roth can also be reached at [email protected]