Someone raided a locker room and may have also broken into several cars during a high school basketball game.
The incident happened at southwest Atlanta’s Benjamin E. Mays High School, and it’s leaving some concerned about an upcoming basketball tournament.
The theft took place during the last game of the regular season as Mays took on Southwest DeKalb High School on Tuesday night. When all was said and done, Southwest DeKalb's team lost the game and players learned someone broke into the visitor’s locker room and nearly cleaned them out.
Channel 2’s Erica Byfield spoke to school leaders after a concerned parent reached out to Channel 2.
“What I can tell you is that there was a theft reported at the school,” Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Stephen Alford told Byfield.
District leaders said Atlanta police are investigating. Thus far, detectives determined someone stole lots of cash, several pairs of high-priced basketball shoes, iPhones, Beats headphones and a coach’s backpack.
Police said someone also broke into two cars in the parking lot and attempted to steal a third one.
With Mays hosting the 6-AAAAA regional basketball tournament next week, Southwest Dekalb parents said they are nervous about returning to the school. Atlanta school leaders said they have nothing to worry about.
“We have standards in place to make sure that if you secure items in our locker rooms that they remain secure, so we are going to look at our standards and procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again,” Alford said.
Atlanta police said they made an arrest, but will only say the suspect is a minor.