By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
The Pasadena High School football team’s first victory of the season came with a price.
Electronic items such as iPods, cash and clothing were stolen after the Bulldogs’ locker room was broken into during their 19-16 victory over host Long Beach Jordan.
Pasadena athletic director Tony Brooks said a report was filed with the Long Beach Police Department.
“We responded to a burglary call at Jordan High School,” Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said. “We arrived and learned that apparently during the game (at halftime) someone had entered the locker room (where) the opposing team had had their belongings and stole various personal items from some of those individuals. As of right now we don’t have anyone in custody.”
Pratt said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the burglary division of the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-7351.
Brooks said police interviewed the bus drivers and “… I was told they had seen somebody climbing the fence from the park” and onto campus.
Jordan’s field location is similar to Pasadena’s, where it’s next to a public park.
Long Beach Jordan co-principal Mario Jimenez said statements by the police and Brooks are accurate.
“The individuals came over a wall from the park,” Jimenez said. “The bus drivers from Pasadena reported to us they climbed the wall. When they (the drivers) approached the individuals, they ran into the locker rooms and I’m sure they discovered the players’ items.”
Brooks said it was necessary to file a report. Jimenez said he also called the police.
“I wanted to (file the report) for insurance reasons,” Brooks said. “I didn’t want to leave the premise and not make a factual account of what was missing. I didn’t want to come back to Pasadena and parents be upset because a police report wasn’t made.”
Brooks said Long Beach Jordan school administrators had yet to accept responsibility as of Tuesday.
“We called to find out who opened the door and why there wasn’t a security guard at the door,” Brooks said. “My feeling is they’re responsible for the lost items. Their contention was that they had indeed closed the door but that a coach who requested to have the door opened left it open.”
Jimenez said he has apologized to Brooks and to Pasadena officials.
“I’m very sorry that (it) happened at our school because it makes us look bad,” he said. “But if the doors were shut nothing would have happened. I’m not going to comment on who should have locked the door. Mr. Brooks and I spoke about it and he knows where we’re coming from. If they want to point the finger on us, then that’s fine.”
Brooks said Pasadena officials are writing to the Jordan administration to address the matter.
“It’ll be a statement of facts and to see if there’s any kind of responsibility that someone will take,” Brooks said.