JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - As the Terry High School Bulldogs tried to steal the basketball from the Wingfield High School Falcons Tuesday night, someone was stealing their belongings from the visitors locker room.
"There were cell phone, iPods, shoes and clothing taken from the basketball players," said Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green.
Jackson Police investigators believed the thief or thieves entered through a locker room window sometime during the first half of the game.
"Things like this shouldn't happen. We went there to have a good time and it turned into not such a good night," said one of the victim's mother, Jackie Tolliver.
Her son, Joshua, is a senior on the Terry Basketball Team. His bag was torn through and his iPod was stolen. She believed the burglary could easily have been avoided.
"JPD was on the scene. There was a car in the parking lot. I do believe if the police was moving around this may have been prevented," said Tolliver.
Jackson Police officers were able to lift some prints off the windowsill. Some investigators believed this could be related to other burglaries at other JPS schools. Surveillance video taken about a month ago at Sykes Elementary School, as well as Peeples and Whitten Middle Schools reveals four burglars. They broke a glass door with a fire extinguisher, rummaged through filing cabinets in the office and stole food from the cafeteria kitchen.
"We're not sure if those were the same subjects that was involved in the previous incident, we're asking anyone if they recognize those subjects to notify us immediately," said Officer Green. The Jackson Police Department's phone number is (601) 960-1234.
Jackson Public Schools Spokesperson Peggy Hampton gave this statement;
"We are constantly evaluating our security measures on the school and district level and take any breaches or violations of our security very seriously. We have a longstanding history of cooperation with the Jackson Police Department and are collaborating with them in investigating recent security violations and reviewing our security measures to prevent future violations.
JPS and JPD are investigating the alleged incident of theft during the Terry High and Wingfield High School game on this past Tuesday night. We continue to collaborate with the Jackson Police Department during all athletic events in efforts to provide adequate security for attendees.
We encourage the community to support our efforts by reporting any suspicious activity on JPS property to JPS officials or to the Jackson Police Department."
Terry High School Principal Dr. William Sellers said, "It is an unfortunate incident that could happen anywhere. I've very confident the administration at Wingfield and Jackson Police Department will do all they can to determine who the culprits are and recover the items that were taken."
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