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Locker room theft mars scrimmage

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While the Greenwood Community High School football players took to the field in a scrimmage this weekend, someone entered their locker room and took about $500 worth of electronics.

The theft happened at Columbus North High School on Friday night. At least four players reported that their electronics were missing.

Initially, school officials thought the theft could have affected more than half of the 65 players at the scrimmage, but that number was lowered when officials talked to players. School officials were still working to determine exactly how many players had items stolen.

The Greenwood team arrived at Columbus North before the scrimmage started at 7 p.m. Columbus North athletics director Jeff Hester said he was notified of the break-in by Greenwood head coach Mike Campbell at 9:30 p.m. No other activities were going on at the athletics facility when the break-in happened, Hester said.

A Greenwood coach was given a key to lock the doors but was unable to get one of the inside doors to lock, Greenwood Athletic Director Pete Huse said.

It’s standard practice during scrimmages and games to give the coach of the visiting team a key to the locker room, Hester said. A key was provided to Greenwood, and there was no sign of forced entry to the locker room, he said.

But there are two doors that lead into the locker room, and while the main door was locked, it’s possible the second entrance inadvertently was left unlocked, Columbus Police Department spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris said.

“It’s a situation where you think you have all doors locked. Unfortunately, every school has bad eggs and bad experiences,” Huse said.

Both schools have said they would review security measures after the thefts. Huse said he now will give opposing teams a key to their locker room and have them lock the doors.

Any future policy changes regarding locker room security will be determined by Hester and his assistants, assistant principal John Green said.

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