With 20,000 football fans nearby, how did somebody break into what was supposed to be a locked locker room, rifle through a bunch of bags, and make off with loot? That's a question Southern University Police are still asking almost four weeks after it happened. As WAFB's Matt Williams shows you in this week's Crime Stoppers report, a packed stadium could hold witnesses or a lot of potential suspects.
This was the scene at Southern University on September 23. Jaguar fans on hand for their game against North Carolina Central. While the squad from North Carolina would win the game on the field, they would lose off of it.
"I received a call to come to the gym, because some personal bags for the opposing team had been gone through and some personal items had been taken," remembers Southern Sergeant Floyd Williams.
The visiting team changes in the gym locker rooms next to the stadium. There are five ways to get into the gym, and two doors access the locker room itself.
"The locker room doors should have been locked at the beginning of the game and reopened at the end of the game," says Sgt. Williams.
Right now, they are still trying to figure out if that was actually done, or if somebody was able to get in even with the doors locked. Whoever it was stole cash, DVD players and cell phones. If it was in the bags and looked like it was worth something, they took it. And according to police, they had about two and a half hours to do it, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. That's the time between when the locker room was supposed to be locked up and when the bags were found to be disturbed.
So what about witnesses and suspects?
"As many people who were on campus that day, somebody had to have seen something," according to Baton Rouge Police Detective Randall Vosburg. "Seen people coming in and out of the locker room."
"We've already generated a list, and it is substantial," says Williams. "It's going to take some time to go through that list."
That's what's going on now, the slow crawl through that huge list.
If you think you can help, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. You can remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.