ISU Police: 9 UI Players, Coaches Had Phones, Cash Stolen

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

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AMES, Iowa — Nine University of Iowa players and coaches reported cell phones and cash missing from the team’s locker room in the Olsen Building, according to a statement from the Iowa State University Police Department.

The incident occurred during Iowa’s 27-21 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night at Jack Trice Stadium.

The area was staffed by a private security firm from Des Moines. Access to the Hawkeyes locker room as limited to those with appropriate credentials to enter the locker rooms, according to the statement. Private security company Contemporary Services Corporation, which has an office in Des Moines, handled security Saturday night. Attempts to reach branch manager Bob Swanson were unsuccessful Monday morning.

CSC has provided security to Iowa State athletics events since 2011.

The investigation is ongoing, the ISU police department said in the statement. It listed the phone number 515-294-4428 for anyone with information on the case to call.

The University of Iowa released a statement Sunday morning confirming that items were missing from the locker room after the game. Linebackers/special teams coach LeVar Woods tweeted Sunday that his cell phone was missing.

Police were seen leaving Iowa’s locker room around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

The Iowa Athletics Department statement Sunday morning:

“Iowa athletic department officials confirmed there were items missing from the Iowa players locker room and the Iowa coaches locker room following the football game in Ames. Iowa State officials and local law enforcement agencies were very helpful once the incident was reported after the game.”

IOWA STATE ATHLETICS STATEMENT ON LOCKER ROOM THEFT

“Upon learning that multiple items were taken from the Iowa football locker room Saturday night, Athletics Director Jamie Pollard visited personally with Iowa A.D. Gary Barta and Coach Kirk Ferentz to express his regret for the incident.

UI officials reported that nine victims suffered thefts of cell phones and/or approximately $50 in total. Additionally, no vandalism to the area was noted or reported. An investigation, conducted by ISU Police, is on-going. If the person(s) responsible are not identified, ISU Athletics will reimburse those who suffered losses.

It is an unfortunate situation, and unusual, in that the Jacobson Athletic Building has contracted security detail on site before, during and after games. The ISU Police and the athletics department responded quickly and thoroughly when alerted to the situation and have assured Iowa officials they are committed to seeking answers and improving security in this area.”

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