An investigation is underway after the Vilonia girls’ basketball team reported an iPhone and more than $100 stolen from the visitor’s locker room during a game at Maumelle on Dec. 9.
According to a police report, the team "stated that when they came in the locker room during halftime they noticed that their bags had been opened and rummaged through" while playing a game Dec. 9 at Maumelle High School.
Four Lady Eagles reported missing items.
Misty Lee, mother of a senior player whose money was stolen, said she feels more could have been done to prevent the theft.
She said students reported a back door to the school was unlocked and that the girls were not provided a key to the visitor’s locker room.
"We had to go through a metal detector to get in and yet the back door was left open," Lee said of the incident.
Lee said she felt Maumelle High School should be held accountable for the missing items, noting $100 was stolen from her daughter’s bag.
Pulaski County Special School District Communications Specialist Deb Roush said Maumelle school is working with the police department in hopes to solve the issue.
"We’re pulling [surveillance] video to hopefully find more information," she said.
Lee said students moved to and from the locker room area throughout the night, even though players had been assured no one other than administration, coaches, players and cheerleaders would be allowed in the back near the locker rooms.
Vilonia Assistant Principal Tim Bullington said he has been working alongside Maumelle’s administration in hopes to locate the students’ stolen property.
Although the Dec. 9 thefts were unfortunate, Vilonia Athletic Director Ed Sellers said, it was not right to label the school "for the actions of a few."
"I don’t want that to be a condemnation of the whole school," he said. "Nobody’s proud that that happened on our end or their end."
While "things like this can happen all the time," both schools could have done more to prevent the thefts, Bullington said.
Bullington said he will continue to work with Maumelle’s administration during the investigation.