Stolen property returned to Bogalusa High football players

Published 9:17 am Friday, November 21, 2014

Four juveniles were arrested at Loranger High School after reportedly stealing items last Friday night from the Bogalusa High School football team’s locker room.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said all four juveniles were from Tangipahoa Parish, but their names could not be provided because of their age.

Bogalusa’s team was at the school for a first-round playoff game against Loranger High School. The visiting players used the Loranger High gym as their locker room during the game, as visiting teams do when they play at Loranger.

During the game’s first quarter, three juveniles entered the gym through the unlocked front door and proceeded into the area where visiting teams’ personal items were being kept, according to Panepinto.

The juveniles reportedly rummaged through bags and stole cellphones and tablets. They left the gym through a side door and hid items on the tennis court before returning to the stadium.

Once back in game they allegedly told a friend what they did, and he reportedly wanted in on the action, she said.

During the game’s third quarter they reportedly returned to the gym with the fourth person and rummaged through more bags, this time taking clothing, cellphones and other electronic devices.

Sheriff’s deputies recovered five phones, one tablet and one pair of headphones. The other items may have been sold or given to friends, Panepinto said.

The investigation concluded Saturday at the school, when deputies released

the four juveniles to their parents, who were on scene during interviews,

and agreed to help get other items back.

All items have been recovered, except for two cellphones and a leather

belt. Panepinto said a deputy drove to Bogalusa Tuesday to return the

recovered items.

Bogalusa High School Principal Lesley McKinley said Tuesday afternoon

school staff are satisfied with how the investigation turned out.

“We feel this is due to the great work of the administration of Loranger

High School as well as local law enforcement,” he said. “We appreciate the

work of the administration of Loranger High School in working with us in

this matter.”

Article courtesy The Daily Star (Hammond)