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Cleveland High School football team bus robbed during game

Posted October 24, 2015

— A thief slipped on to a Cleveland High School activity bus during its game against Smithfield-Selma Friday night, stealing clothes and valuables in the process. The Rams defeated Smithfield-Selma, 49-13.

When the game ended, the team returned to its two activity buses and found the unexpected.

“Everyone started to get back on the bus, and everyone started saying their stuff was gone,” Chris Cody said. “Like, people went through their bags. Things moved around.”

Cleveland players said thousands of dollars in personal items were stolen, including headphones and cell phones. They also said one player had his clean socks swapped out for a dirty pair.
While the coaches tallied the loss, several players called their parents.

“My son lost his shoes, his phone,” Linda Gray said. “As a parent, knowing how hard I work trying to make sure my son has these things, I don’t understand.”

A Johnston County spokesperson told WRAL that doors to the activity busses are not usually locked. Officials said coaches are working with authorities to find out who is responsible for the theft.


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  • Larry Jackson Oct 25, 2015
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    We had stuff stolen from our locker room at a basketball game there last year! It had to be students because they were the only ones who had access!

  • mcraineycrazies Oct 25, 2015

    It was also stated that others last wed during a cross country meet at triple s ( same school) cleveland kids bus was robbed as well..simple put a cop on buses that will stay there during sports things, or take away teams going to that school. Been to that school for sports things, i take my valuables with me, which is sad

  • Martha Matthews Oct 25, 2015
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    If the buses aren't locked and guarded, it's kind of surprising this hasn't happened before. Sad the kids and parents had to lose those items - hopefully the team buses will be protected better in the future.

  • H Lee Dawson Oct 25, 2015
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    Maybe they will start locking the buses. Just shut the front door and go out the back and lock it. And shut the windows.

  • Mary Boehm Oct 25, 2015
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    This has to be heartbreaking for parents that live from week to week on a paycheck that they earn from working.