Police search for thief who stole Alabama coach's playbook

ATLANTA — Police have released new surveillance pictures after an Alabama football coach’s playbook was stolen before the National Championship in Atlanta.

Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar left his backpack in a meeting room at the Marriott Marquis last Saturday.

Police are looking for a man accused of taking the backpack, which contained the game day playbook along with his cellphone, laptop, cash and passport.

Some of the items were later recovered in a bathroom, but not the playbook.

Marriott officials sent a statement that said, "As soon as we were alerted to this situation, we responded, involved the authorities and took steps to assist the guests and the Atlanta Police Department as appropriate."

"I don't want anyone taking my stuff, so it's very important the Marriott is on board with police," hotel guest Nicole Williams said.


Williams said she would not be surprised if someone stole the bag just because they saw the opportunity and had no idea what was in it.

"You know people are dirty out here, so you never know what the implications are. He was thinking about what was in the bag," she said.

She doesn't think the thief had anything to do with the Georgia football team, which lost to Alabama in the title game.

"They would lose scholarships. I mean, that would be a huge sanction from the NCAA. I would never think Georgia would do that. That's not what they're for," Williams said.