By Lauren Coronado
On Oct. 22 between 7:45 a.m and 9:50 a.m. five Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer players were victims of theft.
The crime took place at Kellogg Gym, where lockers were broken into and personal belongings were stolen. There are no suspects at this time.
“Five lockers were broken into in the male locker room,” said University Police Sergeant Ken Kerkof. “All [victims were] members of the men’s soccer team. Personal items were taken: wallets, credit cards, cash.”
University Police have not been offered with further information about the theft, leaving the investigation on hold until more is gathered.
“There are no suspects right now,” said Kerkhof. “For the follow up, if the credit cards were used at locations, then maybe there is a chance that we can get videotape surveillance of the person or people in possession of the card using it. That may be forthcoming if the investigation opens that up and gathers more information.”
The men’s soccer team student manager Chelsey Lerma shared more details about the story.
“Fernando Pablo had his stuff stolen from his locker,” said Lerma. “They mailed him his ID, but kept his credit card, his cash and his wallet too. The locker room is really open. I know when other teams that come to play against us come, they can just walk in and shower in the locker room, so its pretty much open to anyone. So I think there are plans to make access more strict.”
Ian Trantow, a fifth-year kinesiology student, is a member of the men’s soccer team and shared his insight on the theft.
“When we were practicing, someone went in there [men’s locker room] and broke into all the lockers,” said Trantow. “I know some guys had wallets stolen, phones stolen. Again, it all happened while we were at practice, so none of us really saw anything.”
The locker room is left unattended throughout school hours, and anyone has access to the room.
“For right now, a lot of guys are taking stuff to the field instead,” said Trantow. “For the most part they are leaving little things, like shower items. [They] are definitely keeping a closer eye on their valuable items.”
This is the first theft incident that has directly affected the men’s soccer team.
“I’ve heard of situations like this happening before, where lockers are broken into, but this hasn’t happened to the soccer team,” said Trantow. “This is the first time it has happened since I’ve been here, and I’ve been here for five years. “
Staff members were also affected by the theft. Laptops in the locker room were reported missing.
“The university is not responsible for replacing any of the items,” said Kerkhof. “Theft happens here and its unfortunate, but [the victims] may be able to recoup anything lost through their own credit card companies, perhaps charges that were made. That would be something that would have to be handled civilly with their own institutions. But the department and university will not be replacing any items.”
Kerkhof offered some tips on how to prevent theft, as it is fairly common on campus. Security precautions include keeping all valuables in a secure location when possible, attending your belongings, keeping a record of the serial numbers for all valuables to aid in recovery, being vigilant and aware of your surroundings and reporting suspicious-looking people or activity to University Police immediately.
Monica Lopez / The Poly Post
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