GIBSONTON — East Bay football coach Frank LaRosa said the Indians’ field house was broken into sometime between Saturday and Tuesday afternoon, and more than $4,000 worth of electrical equipment was stolen.
LaRosa said an assistant coach arrived at the field house Tuesday and noticed the padlock on the door had been cut, and they discovered a big-screen television, a DVD player and an LCD projector had been removed from the downstairs part of the two-story building.
Upstairs, the coaches found desk drawers and filing cabinets had been rummaged through and another DVD player, the sideline headphones and battery packs had also been taken.
LaRosa said he still needs to do a complete inventory of what might be missing.
LaRosa said a report had been filed with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, and deputies had come out to take pictures and dust for fingerprints.
East Bay is coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, going 8-4, winning the football program’s first district title since 1973 and winning the first regional game in school history.
“It is disappointing and really heartbreaking with the strides that we’ve made to turn the corner as a program,” LaRosa said. “And now we’ve taken a major hit losing all this and now we’ll need to raise more funds to buy things we already had and worked so hard for to begin with.”
LaRosa asked that anyone with information contact him at Frank.LaRosa@sdhc.k12.fl.us or contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office.