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Cleveland High School football team bus robbed during game

Posted October 24, 2015 10:14 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2015 10:50 p.m. EDT

— 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.