WHITEHAVEN, TN (WMC) - The search is on for the crooks who stole from local high school football players while they were on the field.
The incident happened Friday when White Station High players returned to find their locker room burglarized.
While the White Station Spartans and Whitehaven Tigers battled it out on the football field, thieves were making a touchdown in the locker room.
After the playoff game Friday night, White Station players got back to their campus only to realize their valuables were gone.
At least two White Station parents called the police.
According to the police report, the thieves went straight for the players' cell phones after breaking into the locker room here at Whitehaven High School.
"It's a shame," said community resident Ronald Dillon. "These kids, a lot of kids in the inner city come up in rough areas and playing football is a time to get away from that."
Neighbors near the school said the locker room burglary is unacceptable.
"Let's just start making it such a bad thing to do stuff like this that people wouldn't do it," Dillon said.
Based on the Interscholastic Athletic Association policy, security is assigned to high schools by the Shelby County Schools home team.
"You should be able to go out and enjoy the game and support your school and your kids," Dillon said. "That's a two-way street. To have more security, more funds have to be allocated to that but a lot of people don't want to spend money but you want the services."
Investigators spoke with White Station's head coach, who made a list of all of the items stolen from the students.
Whitehaven took the win Friday night 41-20. As for several White Station players, it was a loss both on and off the field.
"Someone is hurting because of that," Dillon said. "Everyone can't replace that stuff. Now someone has to go without something. How would you feel if it was you? Just put yourself in the people's shoes."
WMC Action News 5 reached out to SCS for comment on this incident along with the procedures taken during the game. At this point, they have not responded.