Crime

Thieves target McLane football locker rooms

For the second time this season, locker rooms at McLane High School's stadium in east-central Fresno have been broken into during a football game.

The Edison High School varsity football team discovered that items including cell phones, wallets and iPods were stolen when they returned to the locker room at halftime of their Friday night game against Hoover High School.

On Sept. 15, someone broke into the locker room at McLane stadium and stole items belonging to players from the Clovis East High School football team, who were playing against Bullard High School.

"We're taking this very seriously," said Susan Bedi, spokeswoman for Fresno Unified School District. "It's very disheartening that this has happened a second time."

Bedi said the police have been contacted about both incidents and the school district is conducting its own investigation.

Officials will meet this week to review security protocol at games, Bedi said.

Edison officials will also meet with the team this week to take an inventory of everything that was stolen Friday, Bedi said.

Eriq Martin, a senior at Edison, said the theft put a damper on the team's 39-0 homecoming victory over Hoover.

Martin said several frustrated teammates were called for uncharacteristic penalties during the second half.

"Everyone was pretty much in a bad mood," said Martin, who lost some CDs and $25.

The team usually plays its home games at Sunnyside Stadium, but this game was scheduled at McLane for homecoming, Martin said.

Team members will probably now take their things to the sidelines during games, he said.

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