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Schools address electronics theft during Alter/Purcell Marian basketball game

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CINCINNATI -- A local high school team was robbed during a basketball game and for once they wish it were by the referees.

Investigators say approximately $5,000 worth of electronics and goods were stolen from the locker room used Tuesday by members of the Alter High School boy's basketball team during their 73-23 road victory over Purcell Marian High School. The game was played at Purcell's home gym.

The news of the burglary is not what first-year Purcell Marian Principal Veronica Murphy or anyone else wanted to come back to after two days off school due to inclement weather. But she said what apparently took place is not representative of what normally takes place at her school.

“These things are not normal occurrences at Purcell Marian so any time you have a situation like this you feel sorry for all of those who are affected by it obviously," she said.

Police and administrators hope a series of security cameras outside the locker rooms managed to snap a shot of the person(s) who stole laptop computers, iPads, and several cellphones from members of the team from Kettering.

Murphy says visiting teams are always given a key so they can lock up their valuables. However, in this case police say the door wasn’t locked. There was no sign of forced entry, according to police.

Regardless of the happenings on Tuesday, Murphy believes her school has a system in place that helps prevent situations like these.

"The normal protocols that we have -- everything should have been fine," she said, adding that she is in no way pointing blame at the people at Alter. She also says both school's administrations are working to resolve the issue.

"Catholic schools have really good relationships with one another so we're going to work that out together," Murphy said.

A statement released by Murphy and Alter Principal Lourdes Lambert indicates that while they are disappointed by how the news made its way into the media, they have a plan in place to address the situation.

“It is unfortunate not only that a theft occurred, but that the injured party chose to go to the media instead of addressing the issue directly with the schools. We have an excellent working relationship among the Catholic schools, and would always prefer to work together in identifying resolutions when incidents arise. And while seldom, incidents do arise no matter location, precaution or protocol.”

Both schools are working with police to resolve the matter.

Police are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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