THIEVES have broken into storage sheds at Clinton Oval overnight, stealing thousands of dollars worth of sporting equipment and lighting a gasoline fire on the cricket field.
Four sheds were broken into, with equipment stolen from the Gladstone Mudcrabs AFL club, Clinton Football Club and Brothers Cricket Club.
The main curator of the cricket pitch, Peter Clarke, said they were lucky the pitch hadn't been destroyed.
"They mustn't have known much about cricket to not burn the pitch," he said.
"We generally get some vandalism once a season but it's not usually as bad as this."
Police are still investigating. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.