The Pennsylvania State Police in Avondale have conducted an 18-month investigation into the theft of funds from the Avon Grove Little League located on School Road in London Grove Township.This incident is believed to have begun in September 2003 or earlier, as the accused, Gretchen Fay Vickers of Nottingham, became active with the Avon Grove Little League Parents Auxiliary, where she was assigned the responsibility of operating the concession stands. The assignment also made Vickers responsible for managing and depositing the income generated from the concession stands into the Avon Grove Little League bank account.

Additional responsibilities accepted by Vickers were collecting and depositing donations received from Avon Grove High School students for permission to park vehicles on Little League property during school hours; depositing funds collected from fund-raisers and 50-50 raffle tickets; and making purchases for Little League-related functions using a debit-Visa card assigned to the Little League bank account.

The arrest warrant was obtained for Vickers, who turned herself in to investigators on Wednesday, July 23. Vickers was charged with one count each of theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and access device fraud, each being a felony of the third degree.

Vickers is accused of stealing a total of $74,459.80 from the concession stands over a three-year period, which includes the funds generated by the hot dog player program, sponsors, tournament money and donations. She is also accused of making $1,511.62 in unauthorized purchases using the debit card.

Charges were filed at District Court in Avondale on July 18, and Vickers was arraigned on July 23 by District Justice Harry W. Farmer of Oxford. She was subsequently released on $75,000 unsecured bail, according to a police report.

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