ISU police: 9 UI players, coaches had phones, cash stolen

Published: September 16 2013 | 3:27 pm in

AMES — Iowa State police have no suspects and an investigation remains active after nine University of Iowa football players and coaches reported cell phones and $50 in cash missing from their lockers after Saturday’s game at Jack Trice Stadium. At 8:43 p.m. Saturday, just minutes after Iowa beat Iowa State 27-21, police received calls [...]

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The Jacobson Building at Jack Trice Stadium during the first half of their rivalry game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

AMES — Iowa State police have no suspects and an investigation remains active after nine University of Iowa football players and coaches reported cell phones and $50 in cash missing from their lockers after Saturday’s game at Jack Trice Stadium.

At 8:43 p.m. Saturday, just minutes after Iowa beat Iowa State 27-21, police received calls that “there’s a problem in the locker room,” according to Capt. Darin Van Ryswyk, an investigator with the Iowa State Department of Public Safety. ISU police, who were on bike duty patrolling the tailgate lots, responded to Iowa’s locker room — which is located in the Olsen Building — and spoke with Iowa players and officials. Among the other law enforcement officials at the scene include those from the Iowa State Patrol, Story County Sheriff’s Department and Ames Police Department.

Private security firm Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), which has an office in Des Moines, handled security Saturday night. Van Ryswyk said CSC personnel arrived at their posts by 1 p.m., four hours before game time and at least two hours before the teams arrived.

CSC has provided security to Iowa State athletics events since 2011. Attempts to reach branch manager Bob Swanson were unsuccessful Monday morning.

ISU investigators have compiled a list of all CSC employees and continues to conduct interviews. Van Ryswyk said he believes there were six guards at the Olsen Building during the game. Access to the locker room area is limited to those with proper credentialing.

“Either they were at their post and it narrows it down to athletics, law enforcement or press as our suspect list, which isn't a suspect list that we're looking for,” Van Ryswyk said. “Or it was a counterfeit or stolen credential or somebody wasn't doing their job. Those are all options that we have to explore.”

“There's a lot of questions we have right now. We're trying to determine how they were able to gain access as well as identify the person if we can.”

Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard spoke with Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta and Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz after the game and expressed his regrets.

In a statement released by the athletics department Monday, Iowa State officials said: “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.”

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.

“We've not had any instances like this,” Van Ryswyk said. “They were guests on our campus. We'd like to catch the thief and ensure that this doesn't happen again.”

 

STATEMENTS

IOWA ATHLETICS

"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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