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Police investigate North locker room break-in

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Electronic and personal items that belonged to Greenwood High School football players were stolen from the visitor's locker room at Columbus North High School during a Friday night scrimmage, Columbus police said.

An inventory was still being compiled Monday, but several members of the Greenwood Woodmen team had valuables such as iPhones, iPads and money taken, according to Columbus Police spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris.

The team from northern Johnson County had arrived in plenty of time to dress and prepare in the physical education locker room connected to Memorial Gym prior to Friday's 7 p.m. scrimmage, North Athletic Director Jeff Hester said.

The break-in was first discovered at about 9 p.m., Harris said.  Hester said he was notified of the incident by Greenwood Head Coach Mike Campbell at 9:30 p.m. that night.

It's standard practice during scrimmages and games to give the coach of the visiting team a key to secure the locker room, and an assumption is made they will lock it, Hester said.  A key was provided to a Greenwood coach and there was no sign of forced entry to the locker room, he said.

But there are actually two doors that lead into the locker room, and while the main door was locked, it's possible the secondary entrance may have been accidentally left open, Harris said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Republic.

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